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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 Henry bring home from college for Christmas one year?

2. Where does Supten live for the first few months of his residence in Jefferson?

3. What is Rosa preparing as a wedding gift for Judith?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Sutpen reject his first wife?

3. Why was Rosa offended that Wash Jones came to the front of the house when he arrived to notify her of Charles Bon's death?

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

5. What is Shreve's final question to Quentin?

6. 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?

7. What reasons does Jason Compson give for Rosa hating her father?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways can the novel be interpreted as Quentin's story rather than Thomas Sutpen's story? Be sure to use specific examples from the novel.

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

Describe the different narrative techniques used in the novel and what their effects are on reader interpretation. How much of the novel is factual and how much is speculation?

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