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 does talking to Lucky bring Joe?

2. What does Joe realize now that he has "trapped" time?

3. What does Joe think about life?

4. What is Joe's thought about the question?

5. What happens the third year Joe is in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why can't Bonham stand the train and what does he do when he sees Christ?

6. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

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

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

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. How does Joe envision his nurses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is obvious even in the first few chapters that Joe Bonham is severely injured. Later, the reader learns the extent of his injuries. Discuss one of the following:

1. What is the extent of Joe's injuries and is it realistic that he would have survived such a situation in the early part of the 20th century? Does this lack of realism make a difference in reading the book? Give examples to support your thesis.

2. Would you have preferred death over an existence such as Joe's after his injury? Why or why not? Would it be moral to end Joe's life if he makes it very clear that is his wish? Explain fully.

3. Discuss the concept of quality of life over quantity of days, using examples from the text and your personal experience.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When a new nurse if finally able to understand that Joe is tapping out words using Morse Code, hope and joy infuse Joe. Discuss the following:

1. How does Joe finally manage to communicate with the new nurse?

2. What are Joe's reactions to communicating? Give examples.

3. Why do you think Joe offers to be a "circus" exhibit? Do you think he would eventually regret such an offer? Why or why not?

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