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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In what state is Jefferson located?

4. To whom is Judith engaged?

5. Why does Thomas Sutpen stop attending church?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When did Sutpen tell the story of his childhood to General Compson?

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

5. 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?

6. Why is it significant that it rains on Sutpen's wedding night?

7. Why didn't Bon view his first marriage as a barrier to marrying Judith?

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

9. Why are there several different versions of how Charles Bon came to find out about his father in Chapter 8?

10. Why did Sutpen want to marry Rosa?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the novel, Sutpen's house burns to the ground, eliminating the last vestiges of his former wealth. Compare the physical decline of the Sutpen estate to the decline of the Sutpen family.

Essay Topic 2

Pick one female character in the novel and describe her role in the text, how she is characterized, and what that role and characterization reveal about the novel's attitude toward women.

Essay Topic 3

The novel closes with Quentin insisting that he does not hate the South. Does he? Why or why not? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

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