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 Joe think the hospital wants to do?

2. To whom does Joe compare himself?

3. What is it that is coming for Joe as he leaves Paris?

4. How does Joe first start trying to keep track of time?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe imagine as he waits for the nurse to return and do you think he is overreacting?

2. How does Joe envision his nurses?

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

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

5. What did Lucky survive in America and how did she survive it?

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

7. Why does Bonham lose track of everything and what does he do?

8. What does Bonham realize he wants?

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

10. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In one of the first chapters, Joe Bonham is thinking about an airplane that comes to town when he is young and the wonderful thing that it is. Discuss the following:

1. Contrast the theme of flying and the freedom it suggests to Joe's situation.

2. What kind of freedom is possible for someone in Joe's post-injury life?

3. WWI is, in a sense, fought over the concept of freedom. Discuss the irony of Joe fighting in a war for "freedom."

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