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. How does John describe Boughton's parents?

2. What does John say has been one of the great irritations of his life?

3. When Jack states that John is in an unconventional marriage himself, what is he referring to?

4. What does Jack call John's wife?

5. What was the expectation placed on John and Louisa from childhood?

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

4. Describe the nature of the letters Edward is sending home to his father and brother.

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

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

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

8. How does John respond to Jack's question about his family moving to Gilead?

9. Describe Della's family situation.

10. Contrast how John felt about Lila when first becoming acquainted with her to how he felt about his first wife, Louisa.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John preaches a sermon based on the story of Hagar and Ishmael. It is suggested that John's inner life is played out in his sermons. Evaluate the sermons presented in the novel as a whole and discuss other parallels between John's sermons and occurrences in his life.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, John's recollections influence his perceptions of the present. Describe three or four incidences of how events in John's past have colored his response to events happening in the present. And, conversely, events happening in the present cause him to reinterpret events of his past. Identify and discuss three or four of these accounts.

Essay Topic 3

In pages 202 - 215, we have John revealing parts of his character, especially in his relationship with his wife. Discuss those revelations as they deal with his wife. Look for any other summaries of the novel's themes as found in this section, and identify any points which point toward John going through a transition in his beliefs.

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