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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Henry study at school?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Literature.
(c) Medicine.
(d) Law.

2. To whom does Sutpen become engaged shortly after he is arrested?
(a) Rosa Coldfield.
(b) Mr. Akers' daughter.
(c) One of his slaves.
(d) Ellen Coldfield.

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

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

5. Who is Rosa engaged to at one point in her life?
(a) Henry Sutpen.
(b) Thomas Sutpen.
(c) Mr. Compson.
(d) Quentin Compson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Thomas Sutpen stop attending church?

2. Who does Thomas Sutpen marry?

3. Where is the visitor who Henry brings home for Christmas from?

4. Where is Ellen Sutpen at the time of Rosa's story?

5. What does Charles Bon study at school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Characterize the change in public opinion about Sutpen that occurs in the first few years of his residence in Jefferson, and explain why that change occurs.

2. What is the reader to imfer from the last paragraph of Chapter 1, which says that there were "two Sutpen faces," one Judith's and one a slave girl's, looking down at Sutpen fighting his slaves?

3. Why does Rosa take such an intense interest in Judith's wedding?

4. What does Rosa mean when she says that Sutpen "wasn't a gentleman"?

5. Why didn't Sutpen like sugar?

6. What reason did Sutpen give for not joining the Klan?

7. In Chapter 8, what is meant by the fact that Quentin and Shreve feel as though there are four people in their dorm room?

8. Chapter 6 reveals the way in which Thomas Sutpen insulted Rosa, an insult that led to Rosa calling off their engagement. How did Sutpen insult her?

9. How does Rosa depict Judith's reaction to Charles Bon's murder?

10. The story of Sutpen's youth as a poor white on a plantation describes considerable hostility from poor whites directed at black slaves. What was the cause of this hostility?

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