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. Why won't the doctors kill Joe now?

2. What type of musical instrument does Joe's mother play?

3. What did Joe's father ask him when he arrives at home?

4. What does Joe want to do most as he is lying in bed injured?

5. What does Joe go to the store for on Saturdays?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Howie wake Joe up after working all day on the railroad?

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

3. What does Joe think when he thinks of his family and what does he see as the reality?

4. When did Joe become aware of the war and what events in the war occurred at that time?

5. Why does Joe wish someone would pick up the phone and what happens when they do?

6. How does Joe think he might be able to tell being awake and asleep with no eyes?

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

8. What doesn't Joe understand about being alive?

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

10. Why does Joe think being the way he is is worse than being in the womb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This story is written in a series of flashbacks in a stream-of-consciousness style. Discuss one of the following:

1. Define flashback and stream of consciousness. What are some reasons an author would choose to use each of these literary devices? Give examples of each from the text.

2. Analyze the way the author uses flashbacks to make Joe a more complex, well-rounded character. Does the fact that the flashbacks are not chronological make the story more realistic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of flashbacks?

3. A narration using stream of consciousness can be difficult at times to follow and understand because most people's brains when reading are more linear and organized, though the thought process tends to be associative. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the stream-of-consciousness style in this book.

Essay Topic 2

Electric pain shakes him hard and throws him back into bed, exhausted. He feels sweat all over beneath bandages that wrap him top to bottom. Knowing he is hurt badly, he feels his heart pounding but cannot hear his pulse. This means he is "stone deaf".

1. Do you think the normal reaction in Joe's situation would be to want to die? Why or why not?

2. Discuss the ways in which you believe Joe's pain might be affecting his mind and emotions.

3. Joe has found out by logical deduction that he is deaf. How do you think that knowledge has affected him? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Imagery and symbols play a large role in this story. Discuss one of the following:

1. Choose one recurring image or symbol and analyze it and show how it relates to two major themes.

2. Discuss why you think that someone in Joe's situation would include much imagery in his thought processes.

3. Why do you think any author uses images and symbols rather than clearly expressing an idea? Give examples to support your stance.

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