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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. In Chapter 3, who is the primary narrator of the Thomas Sutpen story?
(a) Rosa Coldfield.
(b) Jason Compson.
(c) Thomas Sutpen.
(d) Quentin Compson.

2. What does Judith Sutpen witness as a child that her mother did not want her to see?
(a) A Civil War battle.
(b) A horse being killed.
(c) A hanging.
(d) Her father fighting with his slaves.

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

4. After Sutpen's house is built but still unfurnished, what does Sutpen invite Jeffersonians out to Sutpen's Hundred to do?
(a) Hunt, drink, play cards, and watch slaves fight for entertainment.
(b) Watch dog fighting.
(c) Help him decorate the house.
(d) Fish.

5. What is the letter that is presented in Chapter 4 written with?
(a) Ink.
(b) Stove polish.
(c) Blood.
(d) Lead.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Rosa Coldfield's sister ask of Rosa before the sister dies?

4. Who does Rosa marry?

5. Who does Thomas Sutpen marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Jason Compson identify as Henry's objection to Bon marrying Judith?

3. Why did Clytie set the fire at Sutpen's Hundred?

4. How is Judith portrayed in Chapter 1?

5. What is Quentin's answer to Shreve's final question of the novel?

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

7. Why is Rosa Coldfield telling her story to Quentin Compson?

8. 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.

9. How did Charles Bon actually find out about his father?

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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