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. Why does Joe keep on tapping?

2. What do the Americans wish they were drinking?

3. Who comes in with the nurse?

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

5. What does Joe compare himself to now, in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What obstacle does Joe see in their granting his request and what is his solution?

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

7. What does Bonham realize he wants?

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

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

10. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Imagery and symbols play a large role in this story. Discuss one of the following:

1. Choose one recurring image or symbol and analyze it and show how it relates to two major themes.

2. Discuss why you think that someone in Joe's situation would include much imagery in his thought processes.

3. Why do you think any author uses images and symbols rather than clearly expressing an idea? Give examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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