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. 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?

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

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

4. Why does John feel that it is appropriate for his son to read about Jack Boughton, in spite of the fact that it might be betraying pastoral discretion?

5. What doctrinal concept does Jack Boughton ask John his views on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is John's response to the possibility that there may be something approaching love between Lila and Jack?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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