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 many days has Joe been sick in his life?

2. What does Glen Hogan give Joe for his birthday one year?

3. What happens when Joe tries to yell?

4. How does Joe feel about Harper as he is on his way back home from the desert?

5. What does Joe think he has to do first in order to kill himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe want to stop and why?

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

3. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the scene at the rail station when Joe is leaving for the army.

9. What does Joe think about guys fighting for liberty?

10. How does Joe realize he has no left arm and how does he feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For a few brief moments at the end of the book before Joe is sedated, he is able to communicate his desire to have a purpose. Discuss the following:

1. What does Joe offer to do? Is this a wise thing to suggest?

2. What is the response to Joe's offer? Why?

3. Why is having a sense of purpose so important to Joe?

4. Do you think Joe will re-think what he offers given the response and try to communicate again? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

When Joe is boarding the train to go to boot camp after being drafted, he describes a scene of bands playing, flags waving and women and children calling out to their beloved husbands, sons, and brothers who are leaving for war. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think men (and now women also) are often sent off to war in an almost-festive-like atmosphere?

2. Does this send off make it harder or easier for Joe Bonham to march off to war? Explain.

3. If sending men and women off to war were treated like a funeral, do you think it would impact those leaving in a positive or negative way? Explain.

4. How would the political powers be impacted if war were viewed differently by a funeral-like send off?

Essay Topic 3

Joe muses on his being a prisoner and as he does so, he empathizes with prisoners throughout the ages. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss fully how involuntary confinement affects the human spirit. Use examples from the text and personal experience.

2. Compare and contrast the experience of a prisoner who is one due to his choice to commit a crime versus a prisoner who has done no wrong but is one due to oppression by those stronger than s/he.

3. Are there more humane and rehabilitative methods to confine dangerous or criminal people than the United State's current methods?

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