Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut Test | Mid-Book 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 is the subject of the public service announcement in Part 3?

2. Johnny goes into the cafe, in Part 3, instead of going where?

3. What is strange about Johnny's doorbell?

4. Who is Johnny's voice of sanity and reason?

5. How does Johnny kill the convenience store clerk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Johnny's first encounter with Devi end?

2. What happens at the convenience store, in Part 2?

3. Who is Shmee?

4. What precipitates Johnny's rampage at the fast-food restaurant?

5. Why does Johnny want to harm the first captive in Part 2?

6. How does Johnny feel about himself?

7. What is the last thing Johnny writes in his "die-ary", in Part 2?

8. Why isn't Johnny's victim amused by the story Johnny tells in Part 3?

9. Who is the main character, and what does he do?

10. What is the comic strip written by Johnny about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Devil explains to Johnny that his role on Earth was that of a "waste-lock." What, specifically, was Johnny's intended purpose, according to the Devil? Why was he a poor choice to fulfill that role? Why was the function he performed a necessary one? What set Johnny apart from the other waste-locks? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

In the foreword, it is said that JTHM is good for readers, and that animal instincts must be given expression in the imagination or they will be set loose in the real world. Do you agree with this statement? Is it a good thing for people to read things such as JTHM, to give themselves the opportunity to fantasize about things that are unacceptable in modern society? Or does it desensitize the reader to violence, making the escape of those deadly animal instincts even more likely? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

There are public service announcements throughout the book, which satirize different aspects of society. What is the purpose of these strips, and what messages are they intended to convey? What do they reveal about the author's attitudes towards various issues present in today's society, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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