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 Superintendent of School Hargraves say about the airplane?

2. What is the biggest event of the year in Joe's hometown?

3. Why won't the doctors kill Joe now?

4. What does Joe do when he finally realizes the full extent of his injuries?

5. What does Joe think is crawling on him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the scene at the rail station when Joe is leaving for the army.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Electric pain shakes him hard and throws him back into bed, exhausted. He feels sweat all over beneath bandages that wrap him top to bottom. Knowing he is hurt badly, he feels his heart pounding but cannot hear his pulse. This means he is "stone deaf".

1. Do you think the normal reaction in Joe's situation would be to want to die? Why or why not?

2. Discuss the ways in which you believe Joe's pain might be affecting his mind and emotions.

3. Joe has found out by logical deduction that he is deaf. How do you think that knowledge has affected him? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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