Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jhonen Vasquez
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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 is Devi?

2. Why does Johnny try to kill Devi?

3. Who is Happy Noodle Boy?

4. What day of the week is it, in the second strip of Part 3?

5. Johnny accuses the survey taker of being sent by whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why isn't the first captive in Part 2 afraid of dying, and how does Johnny respond to his lack of fear?

3. What happens to Squee in Part 3?

4. What is the topic of the public service announcement in Part 4?

5. What happens to the young woman and the newly-introduced captive in the first strip of Part 5?

6. What happens to Happy Noodle Boy, in Part 2?

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

8. Who is the first character to be introduced in the book, and how is he introduced?

9. What is everyone in Heaven doing, and why?

10. What comes through the floor at the beginning of Part 5?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Johnny claims that violence in the media is only a problem if those watching it are idiots; this is the opposite of the commonly-heard argument that violence in the media is desensitizing, and creates violence in real life. Which point of view do you agree with? Is media violence only dangerous if it isn't put into context, and if those watching it cannot distinguish it as fiction and not reality? Or, is any amount of violence damaging because it diminishes our natural responses to horrific sights and actions? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Anne Gwish's role in the book is small, but important. What are her main concerns? How does she perpetuate the problem from which she wishes to escape? What message is the author attempting to communicate through use of her character, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Johnny tells the woman at the fast-food restaurant that he does not leave home to be ridiculed, and that his appearance is none of her business. How does this satirical interaction reflect actual exchanges between people? Why are people so often judged by others? What is the appeal of conformity? Why are those who are different often ridiculed or feared? How does Johnny react to this ridicule, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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