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. Why does Johnny mutilate the man in the second strip of Part 3?

2. What does Johnny do with the surveyor after stabbing him?

3. Why does the unknown man in Part 3 get so angry with Squee?

4. How does Squee's mother react when he tells her he is frightened?

5. What word causes Johnny to go on a rampage in a fast-food restaurant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What comments does Johnny make, in Part 2, regarding his victims' last moments?

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

3. How does Johnny feel about his second captive, the young woman, in Part 2?

4. What does Happy Noodle Boy do, at the end of Part 3?

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

6. What does the survey taker question Johnny about?

7. What triggers Johnny's killing spree at the cafe?

8. Who is Devi, and what brings her and Johnny together?

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

10. How does Johnny feel about himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faith is an important motif in this book. How does Johnny feel about God and the afterlife? Does his opinion change after talking to God and Satan? Why or why not? How do Johnny's attitudes about faith and religion play a part in his interactions with his victims? Would his actions change if he had faith? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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