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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 the expectation placed on John and Louisa from childhood?
2. What is Jack's son's name?
3. What kind of "little experiment" did John conduct to impress Lila at church?
4. What does Jack say the chief thing his wife's father has against him?
5. John states that a famous theologian said, "Each of us is an actor on stage and God is the audience." Who was the theologian?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is John's response to the possibility that there may be something approaching love between Lila and Jack?
2. Describe John's birthday.
3. Contrast how John felt about Lila when first becoming acquainted with her to how he felt about his first wife, Louisa.
4. How does John respond to Jack's question about his family moving to Gilead?
5. What does John believe about the soul in Paradise?
6. John states that he doesn't forgive Jack, writing "I wouldn't know were to begin." What provokes this statement?
7. How does John describe the responsibility that comes from encountering another person?
8. What moves John to tears during his conversation at the church with Jack?
9. What are John's thoughts on "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine"?
10. What does Jack share with John that acts as a prelude to the novel's climax? Share some details about the specifics of Jack's revelation.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Christianity and interpretations of the bible play an important role in the book's actions and themes. Discuss whether or not unfamiliarity with the bible is a handicap in understanding Gilead. Consider whether or not this is a "religious" book, and defend your answer. Discuss whether the book would appeal to or be a turn-off to someone with little or no interest in religion, and why.
Essay Topic 2
C. S. Lewis wrote a partial autobiography, "Surprised by Joy," in 1955. This same concept, of being surprised by feelings of joy, elation, or even peace, is a common thread in "Gilead." Describe evidences in John's life that show that many times he was "surprised by joy," and how this gives understanding into both his character and how he responds to various situations in the book.
Essay Topic 3
It is suggested that Jack Boughton might be a descendant of John's grandfather Ames. Identify and discuss any evidences that would support this hypothesis, keeping in mind any traits these two might share and how they are manifested in their two lives.
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