Johnny Got His Gun Test | Final 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 believe he must do now?

2. What does Bonham sense as this chapter opens?

3. What occurs to Joe about vibrations and moving?

4. What does talking to Lucky bring Joe?

5. To whom does Joe compare himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe think is the key to knowing time and how does he plan to use the key?

2. Why can't Bonham stand the train and what does he do when he sees Christ?

3. Why does Joe think he's in England?

4. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

5. How does the prostitute that Joe thinks he loves handle the situation?

6. Describe Bonnie Flannigan and what does she tell Joe?

7. What does Bonham realize he wants?

8. What is Joe's first response to what the nurse communicates to him?

9. What does a doctor do when Joe keeps tapping and what does Joe think is the reason why?

10. What did Lucky survive in America and how did she survive it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Imagery and symbols play a large role in this story. Discuss one of the following:

1. Choose one recurring image or symbol and analyze it and show how it relates to two major themes.

2. Discuss why you think that someone in Joe's situation would include much imagery in his thought processes.

3. Why do you think any author uses images and symbols rather than clearly expressing an idea? Give examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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