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 do when he realizes he has a number of visitors?

2. On what side of the hospital is Joe's room?

3. Why is everyone in Bethlehem in the story Joe's mother reads?

4. Why does Joe keep on tapping?

5. What does Joe do when he sees Christ in the desert?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

6. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

7. Describe the process of the new nurse attempting to communicate with Joe.

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

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

10. What is the response to Joe's offer and Joe's reaction?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Joe Bonham also has to join, and ends up lying in bed, thinking this is no place for him, no war for him, none of his business. What does he care about making the world safe for democracy?

1. Compare Joe's feelings about war and his assertion that it is none of his business with the ideas many Vietnam draftees expressed.

2. Do you think Joe's reaction to war is a common reaction for draftees? Why or why not?

3. The idea that rich, political persons declare war but the common, poor person fights them. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

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