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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 is Bon's rank in the army?
(a) General.
(b) Colonel.
(c) Lieutenant.
(d) Private.

2. To whom is Judith engaged?
(a) The Methodist minister.
(b) Thomas Compson.
(c) Charles Akers.
(d) Charles Bon.

3. What photograph does Charles Bon have on his person when he dies?
(a) A photograph of Judith.
(b) A photograph of himself in his military uniform.
(c) A photograph of Henry.
(d) A photograph of his wife and child.

4. Where is the visitor who Henry brings home for Christmas from?
(a) Jackson.
(b) New Orleans.
(c) Oxford.
(d) Greenfield.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Quentin listening to the story about Sutpen?

2. What military conflict has Miss Coldfield lived through?

3. After Sutpen's house is built but still unfurnished, what does Sutpen invite Jeffersonians out to Sutpen's Hundred to do?

4. What is the weather like the night of Sutpen's wedding?

5. Shortly after Sutpen comes to Jefferson, he demonstrates a talent that both impresses and intimidates the town. What is that talent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Sutpen reject his first wife?

2. Why does Jason Compson, who is telling much of the story presented in Chapter 2, know so much about Sutpen?

3. How is Judith portrayed in Chapter 1?

4. Why is it ironic that the only Sutpen descendant left at the end of the novel is Jim Bond?

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

6. In Chapter 8, the reader receives a glimpse of the action that unfolded the night that Rosa and Quentin went to Sutpen's Hundred. How are these events similar to another situation that occurred at Sutpen's Hundred?

7. What does Chapter 2 imply about the reason why Mr. Coldfield was the one who ordered the wagons to pick up Sutpen's home furnishings?

8. When Thomas Sutpen tells the story of his childhood to General Compson, he mentions that he lost his innocence when he went to the door of the planter's house and was told he must use the back door. What was the innocence in regard to?

9. 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?

10. At the end of Chapter 5, Rosa says there is "something in that house," referring to Sutpen's Hundred. Quentin responds, "In that house? It's Clytie..." What can the reader infer from this exchange?

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