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 first question asked of Joe?

2. Why did Bonnie Flannigan say hello to Joe?

3. What does Joe think about life?

4. Where does Joe say they can take him?

5. What do the visitors leave with Joe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe think about to try and use his mind?

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

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

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

5. How does Joe envision his nurses?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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