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 month and year was Joe injured?

2. Why does Joe think he might be in an English hospital?

3. What does Joe's father tell him in a daydream?

4. What does Joe think is the key to figuring out time?

5. What does Flannigan say will happen if Joe sticks with her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Joe think of Kareen and what does he wonder about her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joe muses on his being a prisoner and as he does so, he empathizes with prisoners throughout the ages. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss fully how involuntary confinement affects the human spirit. Use examples from the text and personal experience.

2. Compare and contrast the experience of a prisoner who is one due to his choice to commit a crime versus a prisoner who has done no wrong but is one due to oppression by those stronger than s/he.

3. Are there more humane and rehabilitative methods to confine dangerous or criminal people than the United State's current methods?

Essay Topic 2

Joe Bonham wonders why people are so inconsiderate, and feels more like he is coming out of ether rather than hung over, and is tired of hearing that his father is dead and going home. Father can die only once, so the phone must be part of a dream.

1. Joe is lying in a VA hospital with horrific injuries. He feels like he is coming out of ether. He is. The world at the moment seems unreal to him. Explain the flashbacks and images that Joe has in his head at the beginning of the book.

2. Almost all of this book is written as flashbacks to Joe's life before he was injured. How did this narrative technique enhance the book? Given Joe's injuries, discuss any other options the author may have had to tell the story.

3. How did the fact that this book is almost entirely flashbacks affect the pace? What about the plot? How did it enhance or obscure the themes?

Essay Topic 3

One of the images in the book is the returning to the womb of an adult. Joe often expresses a feeling of being in a womb. When he first begins assessing his situation in the hospital, he expresses the desire that his mother care for him as he saw her care for his youngest sister, Elizabeth. Discuss the following:

1. How is the image of being in a womb both a positive and negative one in the book?

2. Why do you think Joe yearns for his mother to treat him like his young sister? Do you think his mother would be willing to care for Joe?

3. Many people who are dying, especially unexpectedly or in combat, call out for "mother." Discuss why you think this is so and include examples from the text.

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