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

2. What object do John's son and Tobias "chuck pebbles" at?

3. According to John, how does Jack treat words?

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

5. According to John, his son looks at Jack as though he were who?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

3. 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.

4. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

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

7. What does John recall about how his grandfather was invited to speak at a town picnic?

8. John states that he doesn't forgive Jack, writing "I wouldn't know were to begin." What provokes this statement?

9. What are Jack's reasons for coming home to Gilead?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is conceivable that Jack Boughton and John's wife Lila have common traits. While John's descriptions of Lila are admittedly sketchy, discuss any parallels between these two characters, but also any significant differences.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

John's grandfather's personal belongings - specifically, the gun and the two shirts - can be considered potent symbols. Discuss what these items might be symbolic of, how other family members respond to them. Consider especially John's mother and father's response.

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