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. John states that a famous theologian said, "Each of us is an actor on stage and God is the audience." Who was the theologian?

2. What does John state has been in Gilead, in addition to saints and martyrs?

3. Where was Jack's wife's father's church located?

4. Which of the Ten Commandments does John want his son to be particularly aware of?

5. What were Jack Boughton's first words to John after he met him in church the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is John's response to the possibility that there may be something approaching love between Lila and Jack?

2. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

3. Describe Della's family situation.

4. Describe the relationship Jack had with a lower-class, uneducated girl.

5. What is the nature of the conversation John and Boughton have while Lila, their son, and Glory have gone to the movies?

6. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

8. What is the nature of the discussion John and Jack have about predestination?

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

10. What is the content of the conversation that Jack and Lila have as John feigns being asleep?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare John's relationship to his son to the relationship John had with his father. Discuss the similarities and differences. Was John sorry for the way he was brought up by his father? Does John have any regrets as to how he is bringing up his own son? Discuss.

Essay Topic 2

In the section encompassing pages 86 - 104, an image of communion is presented, as it is throughout the novel. Consider the significance of this ritual outside the walls of a church. Discuss what the implication of this event is, especially in light of the theme of the relationship between fathers and sons outside the realm of religion. Factor in, too, the relationship between John and Jack.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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