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 are the guys in the train station that Joe sees playing to pass the time?

2. Where does Lucky have her son?

3. At what age does Kareen remain in Joe's mind?

4. In his fourth year what does Joe feel that is different?

5. Who comes in with the nurse?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Joe envision his nurses?

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

7. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Joe is boarding the train to go to boot camp after being drafted, he describes a scene of bands playing, flags waving and women and children calling out to their beloved husbands, sons, and brothers who are leaving for war. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think men (and now women also) are often sent off to war in an almost-festive-like atmosphere?

2. Does this send off make it harder or easier for Joe Bonham to march off to war? Explain.

3. If sending men and women off to war were treated like a funeral, do you think it would impact those leaving in a positive or negative way? Explain.

4. How would the political powers be impacted if war were viewed differently by a funeral-like send off?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

This story is written in a series of flashbacks in a stream-of-consciousness style. Discuss one of the following:

1. Define flashback and stream of consciousness. What are some reasons an author would choose to use each of these literary devices? Give examples of each from the text.

2. Analyze the way the author uses flashbacks to make Joe a more complex, well-rounded character. Does the fact that the flashbacks are not chronological make the story more realistic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of flashbacks?

3. A narration using stream of consciousness can be difficult at times to follow and understand because most people's brains when reading are more linear and organized, though the thought process tends to be associative. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the stream-of-consciousness style in this book.

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