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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 one thing Joe says can be invented as a result of others seeing him?
2. What does Flannigan say will happen if Joe sticks with her?
3. How often do bath and bed changes occur in relationship to nurse's visits?
4. At what age does Kareen remain in Joe's mind?
5. How does he name the days of the week and months?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?
2. Why does Joe feel a dread about time and what does he think he needs to do?
3. Why does Bonham consider himself a slave and what does he ask God?
4. Why can't Bonham stand the train and what does he do when he sees Christ?
5. Why does Bonham lose track of everything and what does he do?
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 is Joe's first response to what the nurse communicates to him?
8. What does Bonham realize he wants?
9. What does Joe think is the key to knowing time and how does he plan to use the key?
10. What does the nurse think Joe wants at first when Joe starts tapping?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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?
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