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 does Joe feel under all of his bandages?

2. Why doesn't Joe worry about lack of appetite?

3. What happens when Joe tries to yell?

4. What does his girlfriend's father do in the morning on his departure day?

5. What is Joe trying to stop?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene at Joe's parents house when he arrives home after his father died.

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

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

4. Where does Joe see Jose while he's lying in bed, what does he ask him and what does Joe figure out?

5. Describe how Joe is feeling while working in the desert.

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If human beings are both body and spirit as many religions suggest, Joe seems to be existing in a grey area--neither fully body nor fully spirit. Discuss the following:

1. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "spirit" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

2. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "corporal" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

3. How does Joe's actions over the course of the novel demonstrate his preference for either aspect--body or spirit?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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