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. When does Joe become aware of the war?

2. What is happening in Joe's mind as he lays in bed?

3. What does Joe think you die for in war?

4. In what month is Joe's birthday?

5. What does Joe think is crawling on him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Joe is feeling while working in the desert.

2. What does Joe want to stop and why?

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

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

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

6. What does Joe see on the way home from the train station?

7. How does Joe come to know he has no face?

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

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

10. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The first section of the book begins a theme that finds its culmination in the final chapters--the idea of dying for one's country and "freedom." Discuss one of the following:

1. During the last conflict in which there was a draft (Vietnam), many men choose to leave the United States rather than fight in a war in which they do not believe. Discuss how Joe views his being drafted and the reasons he accepts his legal obligation. How does he think about this same subject near the end of the book?

2. Is it ever moral to refuse to serve one's country? Take a stance and give detailed examples to support it.

3. Compare and contrast a war/conflict in which the United States was involved which seemed justifiable with one that does not seem as such.

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