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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 part of Johnny's stuffed animal did Owen remove?

2. After the funeral, who walks with Johnny to his mother's grave?

3. As an adult, what does Johnny think will hold human's responsible for their actions?

4. Who is the rector of the Episcopal church?

5. What does Owen present to Dan and Tabitha as a wedding gift?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Dan Needham, and what does he look like?

2. Why does Owen react so strongly to Johnny's opinion of his mother's death?

3. What is ironic of Johnny's job as an adult?

4. What does the audience see Johnny Wheelwright reading, as an adult, in Canada, and how does Johnny react?

5. What happens with Owen's collegiate schooling after he is kicked out of Gravesend Academy?

6. Who is Katherine Keeling?

7. Briefly explain this quote: "God has taken your mother. My hands were the instrument. God has taken my hands. I am God's instrument."

8. How does Owen typically play baseball?

9. What does Owen look like when he is 16?

10. Why do Owen and Mr. Morrison have a conversation?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, John Irving chooses to present the reader with both the childhood version and the adult version of Johnny. Compare/contrast the presented characteristics of both the child and adult versions of Johnny. What events in the novel may have contributed to the man that Johnny Wheelwright grows to become. What evidence do you see to back up this theory? What reasons do you think John Irving has for interrupting the childhood stories of Johnny with the moments of Johnny as an adult. What messages is he trying to send? What is added to the story by seeing Johnny as an adult?

Essay Topic 2

Organized religion plays a major role throughout the novel, creating both conflict and resolution. Choose one of the questions below as the focus for your essay, and support your answers with examples from the text.

1) Compare/contrast the upbringing that both Owen and Johnny had with organized religion. How did their upbringings affect how they acted, and how they viewed the differently situations they encountered throughout the novel?

2) Explore at least three major events in the novel where religious conflict is introduced. What is the significance of that conflict? How is religion used at that those points? Is religion used effectively to get a message across?

3) As an adult, Johnny wavers on whether he believes in religion. What events lead him toward religion, and what events have led him away?

Essay Topic 3

Both Owen and Johnny had a tough eleventh year. In an essay, compare/contrast the characters of Owen and Johnny. How are they the same? How are they different? How are their family lives? How has family history affected each of the boys? Finally, explain the ways that the difficulties the boys experienced affected their friendship, and why you think the outcome was, or was not, expected.

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