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 does Jack say the chief thing his wife's father has against him?

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

3. What was Boughton watching his children, Jack and Glory, do?

4. Jack tells John that during the Civil War, Iowa had a specific kind of regiment. According to the Tennessean who spoke to Jack, what kind of regiment was it?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some of John's reflections about Jack as a youth?

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

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

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

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

8. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John's wife and son remained unnamed for the majority of the book. His wife's name is heard only from the mouth of Jack Boughton late in the novel. Discuss why Robinson chose not to reveal these names, taking into consideration John's relationship with his immediate family and how he views the two in his own life.

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

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.

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