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. At what age does Kareen remain in Joe's mind?

2. How long does Joe think he's been unaware of time?

3. Joe loses track of everything but what?

4. How often do bath and bed changes occur in relationship to nurse's visits?

5. How does he feel about slaves shackled in Roman ships?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Bonham realize he wants?

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

10. How does Joe envision his nurses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If human beings are both body and spirit as many religions suggest, Joe seems to be existing in a grey area--neither fully body nor fully spirit. Discuss the following:

1. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "spirit" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

2. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "corporal" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

3. How does Joe's actions over the course of the novel demonstrate his preference for either aspect--body or spirit?

Essay Topic 2

War is one of the most common occurrences in the history of humankind. Discuss one of the following:

1. Analyze how Joe feels about WWI. Are his feelings typical of others in the book? Are his beliefs about the war justifiable? Explain with examples.

2. Does your belief about WWI change as you read this book? What about your beliefs about war in general? Explain with examples from the text and your own experience.

3. Many resources throughout the ages have been used in the pursuit of war-related activities. Does the war in this book justify the loss of life and resources? Why or why not? Does any war justify the same?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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