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. Who comes in the room and prods Joe's body?

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

3. Why is everyone in Bethlehem in the story Joe's mother reads?

4. What does the day nurse do that brings Joe pleasure?

5. Where does Lucky have her son?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens to Joe in his third year in the hospital?

10. Why does Joe think he's in England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The first section of the book begins a theme that finds its culmination in the final chapters--the idea of dying for one's country and "freedom." Discuss one of the following:

1. During the last conflict in which there was a draft (Vietnam), many men choose to leave the United States rather than fight in a war in which they do not believe. Discuss how Joe views his being drafted and the reasons he accepts his legal obligation. How does he think about this same subject near the end of the book?

2. Is it ever moral to refuse to serve one's country? Take a stance and give detailed examples to support it.

3. Compare and contrast a war/conflict in which the United States was involved which seemed justifiable with one that does not seem as such.

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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