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

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

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

4. What do Ellen and Judith do in Jefferson for entertainment?
(a) They go dancing.
(b) They goshopping and call on the ladies of the town.
(c) They go to Holston House.
(d) They go to the theater.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From whom does Sutpen purchase his land?

2. What is the relationship between Rosa Coldfield and Judith Sutpen?

3. Who writes the letter that is presented in Chapter 4?

4. What is Henry's rank in the army?

5. Who builds Sutpen's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. When General Compson rescues Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon from an indictment, he gives Bon money and tells him to leave town. He tells him that "once you are among strangers, people who don't know you, you can be whatever you will." What does he mean when he says that Bon "can be whatever" he wants?

2. In Chapter 4, Jason Compson says that "...it must have been Henry who seduced Judith, not Bon..." What does this mean?

3. 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?

4. When Clytie is trying to get Quentin to bring Rosa back downstairs when Rosa has come to Sutpen's Hundred in 1909, Clytie tells Quentin, "Whatever he done, me and Judith and him have paid it out." What does she mean that they have "paid it out?"

5. What does Chapter 6 imply about the reason why Judith took Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon in after he was orphaned?

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

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

8. Why does Rosa stop accepting visits from Judith and Ellen?

9. Why does Judith give the letter from Charles Bon away?

10. Why were all the charges against Sutpen dropped after his bond was signed by Mr. Coldfield and General Compson?

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