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

2. In his sermon, what does the grandfather say is left in Gilead?

3. How does John describe Boughton's parents?

4. What was Jack Boughton's original name to have been?

5. What does John state has been in Gilead, in addition to saints and martyrs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John's birthday.

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

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

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

5. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

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

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

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

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

10. How does John give Lila instruction prior to her baptism, and what is the nature of this instruction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author uses dialogue as a narrative technique very rarely. Discuss the author's possible reasons for using dialogue in this fashion, and why it is employed in the parts of the story it is.

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