Gilead Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Lila's response when he asked her if she had family in the area?

2. What is the name of the woman who shared Jack's wife's rooms with her?

3. How old was John when Lila first came to church?

4. In John's grandfather's holiday sermon, what does he say the Lord came to him and did?

5. What did Jack do to the John's front steps?

Short Essay Questions

1. John writes an extensive contemplation of the Ten Commandments, focusing on the Fifth Commandment. What are some of his thoughts?

2. What is John's point on preaching on Hagar and Ishmael?

3. What moves John to tears during his conversation at the church with Jack?

4. What are two memories of pranks that John and Boughton share on Boughton's porch?

5. What are John's thoughts on "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine"?

6. How does John give Lila instruction prior to her baptism, and what is the nature of this instruction?

7. What does John believe about the soul in Paradise?

8. Describe John's birthday.

9. What is the nature of John and Jack's first discussion at the church?

10. How does John explain the futility of defending beliefs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses dialogue as a narrative technique very rarely. Discuss the author's possible reasons for using dialogue in this fashion, and why it is employed in the parts of the story it is.

Essay Topic 2

"Gilead" has a structure like few other novels. Discuss why Robinson chose to not use chapters or other obvious breaks, how this adds or takes away from an understanding of the book, and how such a narrative propels the plot. Consider: Could "Gilead" have been improved by the inclusion of chapter breaks or other demarcations?

Essay Topic 3

Several important truths about Jack Boughton are revealed on pages 217 - 233. Identify these truths, and discuss how it is shown that Jack might be developing some sense of character.

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