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 is the new nurse writing on Joe's chest?

2. Joe loses track of everything but what?

3. How does Joe first start trying to keep track of time?

4. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

5. What does Joe do when he realizes he has a number of visitors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe how Joe thinks of the Christmas story his mother used to read.

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. What does Bonham realize he wants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Communication is usually taken for granted by most people. In his very injured state, Joe is unable to communicate for many months. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare and contrast Joe's ways of communication before and after his war injury. In what ways does his personality come through even after he is injured?

2. Discuss how Joe compensates for not being able to communicate. What do you think Joe would have done had he never figured out a way to communicate?

3. When Joe's "captors" realize his views about war, what do they do to keep Joe from communicating? How do you think this would ultimately affect Joe long term?

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