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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. According to Johnny, why couldn't he commit the crime of which the young woman accuses him?
2. What does Johnny want to keep, when he returns from Hell?
3. What does Elize explain to Johnny about the conditions outside the gates?
4. Who calls Johnny, at the end of Part 4?
5. Why did other kids make fun of Johnny when he was little?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Tess and Kirk encounter the room full of captives, in Part 5?
2. What does Johnny reveal to Squee, in Part 4?
3. How does Johnny feel when he returns from Hell?
4. What powers do the people in Heaven have, and how does Johnny use his?
5. What does Johnny observe about the state of Heaven, and what is the reason for it?
6. What problems does Johnny encounter in Hell?
7. What is Johnny discussing, and with whom, at the beginning of Part 4?
8. What does Tess dislike about Kirk?
9. What is the topic of the public service announcement in Part 4?
10. What happens when the gatekeeper reads Johnny's list of actions during his life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Johnny C. is clearly an autobiographical character, created by the author as a reflection of himself. What are their similarities and differences? What has prevented the author from becoming like Johnny? What experiences did they both share, which affected them in adulthood? How would the book have been different if Vasquez hadn't shared some experiences with Johnny? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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