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. How does Joe feel about those who hold him?

2. What does Joe believe will happen if the new nurse walks away?

3. How does Joe feel when the nurse leaves the room?

4. What do new nurses do with Joe?

5. What does Joe realize about why they respond to what he is saying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

2. Why does Joe feel a dread about time and what does he think he needs to do?

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

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

5. What does Joe remember about New Year's Eve in Shale City and Los Angeles?

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

7. What does the nurse think Joe wants at first when Joe starts tapping?

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

9. What does the little guy waiting for the train with Joe say? How does Joe answer him? What do they do then?

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

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

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 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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