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

2. What does Joe want the nurses to do so he doesn't feel like he's drowning?

3. Why are Joe and Howie laying track in the desert?

4. What does Joe finally realize towards the end of Chapter 3?

5. What does Joe think war is for the doctors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Joe want to stop and why?

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

6. When is Joe's birthday; how did they celebrate; and what present did Glen give him one year? What came a few months after that present?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When a new nurse if finally able to understand that Joe is tapping out words using Morse Code, hope and joy infuse Joe. Discuss the following:

1. How does Joe finally manage to communicate with the new nurse?

2. What are Joe's reactions to communicating? Give examples.

3. Why do you think Joe offers to be a "circus" exhibit? Do you think he would eventually regret such an offer? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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."

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