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

Jhonen Vasquez
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the gatekeeper's reaction to what he reads?

2. Why is the second strip in Part 6 out of place?

3. What film does Johnny quote, in Part 4?

4. For what does Johnny berate himself, when talking to his captives at the end of Part 5?

5. What does Johnny write, at the end 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

Nail-Bunny, D-Boy, Mr. Eff and Burger Boy all started off as the voices for different aspects of Johnny's personality; however, the Dough Boys became self-aware, and gained a great deal of power, while Nail Bunny and Burger Boy did not. What made Mr. Eff and Burger Boy different from the others? How, and why, did they become so powerful? What purpose do they serve in the book? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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