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. Where did Joe and his father go camping when he was young?

2. What is Jose's ethnic background?

3. Why does Joe think he may be lucky not having a nose?

4. Why doesn't Joe get tired?

5. Why does Joe Bonham wish someone would pick up the phone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is the pilot who comes to Joe's hometown, what does he do and what does the superintendent of schools say about airplanes?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

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

9. Why does Joe think being the way he is is worse than being in the womb?

10. What doesn't Joe understand about being alive?

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

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

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.

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