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. Why does Joe say Americans are different from Frenchmen or Englishmen?

2. Why does Joe keep on tapping?

3. What does Joe think about his teachers?

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

5. How does Joe feel after the man who he has been talking to leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

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

4. What does Bonham realize he wants?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electric pain shakes him hard and throws him back into bed, exhausted. He feels sweat all over beneath bandages that wrap him top to bottom. Knowing he is hurt badly, he feels his heart pounding but cannot hear his pulse. This means he is "stone deaf".

1. Do you think the normal reaction in Joe's situation would be to want to die? Why or why not?

2. Discuss the ways in which you believe Joe's pain might be affecting his mind and emotions.

3. Joe has found out by logical deduction that he is deaf. How do you think that knowledge has affected him? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

For a few brief moments at the end of the book before Joe is sedated, he is able to communicate his desire to have a purpose. Discuss the following:

1. What does Joe offer to do? Is this a wise thing to suggest?

2. What is the response to Joe's offer? Why?

3. Why is having a sense of purpose so important to Joe?

4. Do you think Joe will re-think what he offers given the response and try to communicate again? Why or why not?

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