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. What is Jose's ethnic background?

2. When does the first snowfall usually happen where Joe grew up?

3. Why does Bonham think he is dying?

4. Why does Joe Bonham wish someone would pick up the phone?

5. What do the doctors consider Joe to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What idea does Pinky Carson come up with for Jose and how does that work out?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

9. As Joe's pain fades some what does he think about and how does he feel about being deaf?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the obvious themes in this book is that of helplessness. Obviously, in Joe's condition, he is totally helpless in a way that most cannot even imagine. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of helplessness throughout the book, using examples from the text.

2. The opposite of helplessness is power--personal power in this case. Compare and contrast the theme of helplessness to the theme of personal power as it appears in the book.

3. How do you think you might be able to gain personal power in a situation such as Joe's? Is there a situation in your life in which you feel helpless? How can you gain some personal power in that situation?

Essay Topic 2

In one of the first chapters, Joe Bonham is thinking about an airplane that comes to town when he is young and the wonderful thing that it is. Discuss the following:

1. Contrast the theme of flying and the freedom it suggests to Joe's situation.

2. What kind of freedom is possible for someone in Joe's post-injury life?

3. WWI is, in a sense, fought over the concept of freedom. Discuss the irony of Joe fighting in a war for "freedom."

Essay Topic 3

Joe thinks about how the doctor's have saved his life, but he rather than feeling appreciative, he is resentful and feels more like a science experiment. Discuss one of the following:

1. Elaborate on and analyze Joe's attitudes towards the doctors both at the field hospital and in his long term care facility.

2. Discuss the pros and cons of saving life at any cost, whether on the battlefield or otherwise.

3. One might think that doctors work harder to save young people because they are young and have not had a full lifespan, yet, in our culture, doctors often go to heroic efforts to save quite elderly persons, spending much resources for little return. Are their efforts "heroic"? Discuss fully.

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