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

2. What did Boughton tell John about the trumpet vines covering his house?

3. What did John discover about Lila when she spoke of him "more kindly than I deserve"?

4. Who was it that said Christianity is a life, not a doctrine?

5. John tells Jack that it is presumptuous to judge the authenticity of anyone's ______________________ .

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Della's family situation.

2. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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 give Lila instruction prior to her baptism, and what is the nature of this instruction?

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

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

7. How does John recall Jack's baptism?

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

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

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

In the first section of the book, pages 1 - 8, discuss what expositional elements emerge. Identify and describe the thematic and narrative foundations found in this section and how these themes are carried through the rest of the novel. Select and describe what you think is the central theme of the book.

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

"Gilead" has a structure like few other novels. Discuss why Robinson chose to not use chapters or other obvious breaks, how this adds or takes away from an understanding of the book, and how such a narrative propels the plot. Consider: Could "Gilead" have been improved by the inclusion of chapter breaks or other demarcations?

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