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. How does Joe think he can count sunrises?

3. What is it that is coming for Joe as he leaves Paris?

4. Why does Joe decide a particular day is New Year's Day?

5. What does Joe realize now that he has "trapped" time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe imagine as he waits for the nurse to return and do you think he is overreacting?

2. What is Bonham's initial thought when asked what he wants and why do you think this is so?

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

4. What do you think it means when Joe thinks that two billion people have been pushing the lid of his coffin down and covering him with dirt and stone.

5. What obstacle does Joe see in their granting his request and what is his solution?

6. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

7. What does Joe think about when he can feel dawn?

8. What happens to Joe in his third year in the hospital?

9. What solution finally comes to Joe about keeping track of time?

10. Why does Bonham consider himself a slave and what does he ask God?

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

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.

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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