Johnny Got His Gun 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. How much did the bread sacks Joe lifted at the bakery weigh?

2. In what month is Joe's birthday?

3. What happens when Joe tries to yell?

4. How does Joe finally get fired?

5. What does Superintendent of School Hargraves say about the airplane?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Joe see Jose while he's lying in bed, what does he ask him and what does Joe figure out?

2. What does Joe think guys should do when called up for the military?

3. Describe the scene at Joe's parents house when he arrives home after his father died.

4. What are the two problems Jose talks to the guys at the bakery about?

5. What book did Joe read that gave him a nightmare and what was that nightmare?

6. Why doesn't Joe worry about loss of appetite?

7. Who does Joe call out to in his nightmare and why?

8. How far does Joe walk to get to the bakery and how much money does he make?

9. Why does he worry about a ring? What kind of ring is it and who gave it to him?

10. Why does Joe think he is dying and why does he know he is alive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the images in the book is the returning to the womb of an adult. Joe often expresses a feeling of being in a womb. When he first begins assessing his situation in the hospital, he expresses the desire that his mother care for him as he saw her care for his youngest sister, Elizabeth. Discuss the following:

1. How is the image of being in a womb both a positive and negative one in the book?

2. Why do you think Joe yearns for his mother to treat him like his young sister? Do you think his mother would be willing to care for Joe?

3. Many people who are dying, especially unexpectedly or in combat, call out for "mother." Discuss why you think this is so and include examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

War is one of the most common occurrences in the history of humankind. Discuss one of the following:

1. Analyze how Joe feels about WWI. Are his feelings typical of others in the book? Are his beliefs about the war justifiable? Explain with examples.

2. Does your belief about WWI change as you read this book? What about your beliefs about war in general? Explain with examples from the text and your own experience.

3. Many resources throughout the ages have been used in the pursuit of war-related activities. Does the war in this book justify the loss of life and resources? Why or why not? Does any war justify the same?

Essay Topic 3

Bonham recalls much of his life, and in a sense, writes a "memoir" in his mind. One aspect of a memoir is the idea of memory. Discuss the following:

1. How accurate do you think Joe's recall is about specific incidents in his life? Explain.

2. Do you think Joe is more or less likely to remember his past considering his present situation? Explain your reasoning.

3. Does recalling his life help Joe remain self-aware? Why or why not? Why would he want to remain self aware?

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