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 do the doctors consider Joe to be?

2. When he wants to kill himself by not breathing what does he find out?

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

4. What happens when Joe tries to yell?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joe think he might be able to tell being awake and asleep with no eyes?

2. What does Joe want to stop and why?

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

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

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

6. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is obvious even in the first few chapters that Joe Bonham is severely injured. Later, the reader learns the extent of his injuries. Discuss one of the following:

1. What is the extent of Joe's injuries and is it realistic that he would have survived such a situation in the early part of the 20th century? Does this lack of realism make a difference in reading the book? Give examples to support your thesis.

2. Would you have preferred death over an existence such as Joe's after his injury? Why or why not? Would it be moral to end Joe's life if he makes it very clear that is his wish? Explain fully.

3. Discuss the concept of quality of life over quantity of days, using examples from the text and your personal experience.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Joe muses on his being a prisoner and as he does so, he empathizes with prisoners throughout the ages. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss fully how involuntary confinement affects the human spirit. Use examples from the text and personal experience.

2. Compare and contrast the experience of a prisoner who is one due to his choice to commit a crime versus a prisoner who has done no wrong but is one due to oppression by those stronger than s/he.

3. Are there more humane and rehabilitative methods to confine dangerous or criminal people than the United State's current methods?

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