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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. With what does Joe compare his situation right now?
2. How does Joe feel about Harper as he is on his way back home from the desert?
3. When does the first snowfall usually happen where Joe grew up?
4. What does Joe see in the snow as he thinks of his life?
5. In what month is Joe's birthday?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe how Joe is feeling while working in the desert.
2. Why does he worry about a ring? What kind of ring is it and who gave it to him?
3. How does Joe think he might be able to tell being awake and asleep with no eyes?
4. What does Joe think about doctors and war?
5. Where does Joe see Jose while he's lying in bed, what does he ask him and what does Joe figure out?
6. Why does Joe think being the way he is is worse than being in the womb?
7. What idea does Pinky Carson come up with for Jose and how does that work out?
8. 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?
9. What does Joe see on the way home from the train station?
10. Why does Joe wish someone would pick up the phone and what happens when they do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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?
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