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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mr. Coldfield do with his store when the war breaks out?
(a) Turns it into a church.
(b) Sells it.
(c) Burns it.
(d) Locks it up.

2. Who first discovers the truth about Charles Bon's past?
(a) Judith Sutpen.
(b) Henry Sutpen.
(c) Rosa Coldfield.
(d) Thomas Sutpen.

3. Why does Rosa move to Sutpen's estate?
(a) Sutpen invites her.
(b) She needs someone to take care of her.
(c) She loses her house.
(d) To fulfill her sister's dying wish of protecting her children by going to live with Judith.

4. In Chapter 2, which characters are talking about the story of Thomas Sutpen?
(a) General Compson and Quentin Compson.
(b) Jason Compson and Quentin Compson.
(c) Rosa Coldfield and Jason Compson.
(d) Rosa Coldfield and Quentin Compson.

5. Who does Henry bring home from college for Christmas one year?
(a) Charles Akers.
(b) Quentin Compson.
(c) Charles Bon.
(d) His English professor.

6. In what year does Stupen's marriage take place?
(a) 1838.
(b) 1909.
(c) 1865.
(d) 1833.

7. Who posts bond so Sutpen can be released from jail?
(a) One of Sutpen's slaves.
(b) Mr. Akers
(c) Mr. Coldfield and General Compson.
(d) The Methodist minister.

8. Which of the following is the name of one of Sutpen's non-slave employees?
(a) Charles Bon.
(b) Charles Akers.
(c) Wash Jones.
(d) Mr. Coldfield.

9. What do Henry and Charles Bon do during the war?
(a) Finish their degrees.
(b) Start a trading company.
(c) Join the military company that forms at their university.
(d) Live at Sutpen's Hundred.

10. From whom does Sutpen purchase his land?
(a) Ikkemotubbe, a Native American.
(b) Mr. Coldfield.
(c) General Compson.
(d) The Jefferson bank.

11. Who kills Charles Bon?
(a) Judith Sutpen.
(b) Henry Sutpen.
(c) Thomas Sutpen.
(d) His wife.

12. After Sutpen's estate has been built but left unfurnished for several years, he leaves Jefferson for a short period of time. What does he return with?
(a) Another architect.
(b) An interior designer.
(c) Luxurious furnishings for his house.
(d) Spanish gold.

13. What type of currency does Sutpen use to purchase his land?
(a) US dollars.
(b) Italian lira.
(c) French francs.
(d) Spanish gold coins.

14. What is Rosa Coldfield's father's occupation?
(a) He is a farmer.
(b) He is a preacher.
(c) He is a tailor.
(d) He is a merchant.

15. What is Mr. Coldfield's association with Sutpen before the marriage?
(a) Mr. Coldfield is the one who ordered the wagons that picked up Sutpen's home furnishings.
(b) Mr. Coldfield is Sutpen's banker.
(c) Mr. Coldfield is the minister of Sutpen's church.
(d) Mr. Coldfield is one of the men who came to Sutpen's hunting parties.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Thomas Sutpen stop attending church?

2. In Chapter 3, who is the primary narrator of the Thomas Sutpen story?

3. Who does Thomas Sutpen marry?

4. Which three characters have speaking roles in Chapter 1?

5. In what year does Thomas Sutpen arrive in Jefferson?

(see the answer keys)

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