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. Why does Howie wake Joe up when they have gone to bed for the night?

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

3. How does Joe figure he can communicate since he is deaf?

4. What does Joe think about the fact that they cut off his arm?

5. What do the doctors consider Joe to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How far does Joe walk to get to the bakery and how much money does he make?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

10. How does Joe feel about the nurse bathing him?

Essay Topics

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

This story is written in a series of flashbacks in a stream-of-consciousness style. Discuss one of the following:

1. Define flashback and stream of consciousness. What are some reasons an author would choose to use each of these literary devices? Give examples of each from the text.

2. Analyze the way the author uses flashbacks to make Joe a more complex, well-rounded character. Does the fact that the flashbacks are not chronological make the story more realistic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of flashbacks?

3. A narration using stream of consciousness can be difficult at times to follow and understand because most people's brains when reading are more linear and organized, though the thought process tends to be associative. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the stream-of-consciousness style in this book.

Essay Topic 3

War is one of the most common occurrences in the history of humankind. Discuss one of the following:

1. Analyze how Joe feels about WWI. Are his feelings typical of others in the book? Are his beliefs about the war justifiable? Explain with examples.

2. Does your belief about WWI change as you read this book? What about your beliefs about war in general? Explain with examples from the text and your own experience.

3. Many resources throughout the ages have been used in the pursuit of war-related activities. Does the war in this book justify the loss of life and resources? Why or why not? Does any war justify the same?

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