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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. Who does Rosa marry?

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

3. What are the names of Sutpen's two daughters?

4. In Chapter 2, which characters are talking about the story of Thomas Sutpen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?"

3. Why did Henry choose to reject his family and his birthright when his father forbade the marriage between Bon and Judith?

4. Why didn't Sutpen like sugar?

5. Explain why Sutpen chooses Ellen Coldfield to be his bride over all the other women in Jefferson.

6. Why did Sutpen want to marry Rosa?

7. Several times throughout Chapter 4, Jason Compson mentions that Henry put Bon on "probation" for four years. What was the point of this probation?

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

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

10. In Chapter 3, how does the breakout of the war affect the main characters of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How can the fall of the Sutpen family be compared to the fall of the South? What is the relationship between the two declines?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss why Clytie chose to stay at Sutpen's Hundred her entire life, and why she remained loyalty to her family until the end. Be sure to use specific examples from the text.

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