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. How long does Joe figure it will take for him to feel warmth on his skin?

2. What does Joe think about his teachers?

3. What direction does Joe face in his third year in the hospital?

4. Who comes in the room and prods Joe's body?

5. To what does Joe compare himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Bonham lose track of everything and what does he do?

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

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

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

6. How does the prostitute that Joe thinks he loves handle the situation?

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bonham recalls much of his life, and in a sense, writes a "memoir" in his mind. One aspect of a memoir is the idea of memory. Discuss the following:

1. How accurate do you think Joe's recall is about specific incidents in his life? Explain.

2. Do you think Joe is more or less likely to remember his past considering his present situation? Explain your reasoning.

3. Does recalling his life help Joe remain self-aware? Why or why not? Why would he want to remain self aware?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

One of the obvious themes in this book is that of helplessness. Obviously, in Joe's condition, he is totally helpless in a way that most cannot even imagine. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of helplessness throughout the book, using examples from the text.

2. The opposite of helplessness is power--personal power in this case. Compare and contrast the theme of helplessness to the theme of personal power as it appears in the book.

3. How do you think you might be able to gain personal power in a situation such as Joe's? Is there a situation in your life in which you feel helpless? How can you gain some personal power in that situation?

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