J. B. Test | Mid-Book 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. The lesson of the allegory that this play represents is that we can face whatever happens with acceptance and grace. Which character represents this viewpoint?

2. How many of J.B.'s children are in a car that is hit by a drunk driver?

3. What does Sarah think the two soldiers have for her and J.B.?

4. Sarah says that if they forget God, God will do what?

5. J.B. represents what side of belief in God?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Zuss' answer to why J.B. has to suffer?

2. What is Zophar's argument about why J.B. is guilty?

3. Describe the Satan-mask and the God-mask.

4. What is Sarah holding in her hand when she returns to J.B., and why?

5. Who is Mr. Nickles?

6. Why does Nickles say that J.B. would never be willing to take his life back?

7. How does J.B. view his luck at his Thanksgiving dinner?

8. When J.B. says that he called God, not the Three Comforters, what is their answer?

9. What are Sarah and J.B.'s reactions to the death of David?

10. When Sarah suggests that there will be enough light to live by, and understand by, what is she suggesting about faith?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of costumes in the play? How do the costumes contribute to the characters and the message of the play? Use specific examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Using specific examples from the play, explain the significance of the ladder that Zuss and Nickles climb during the play.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the book, compare and contrast J.B. and Sarah's beliefs about God.

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