Absalom, Absalom! Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 causes Henry and Charles Bon to abruptly leave Sutpen's estate one Christmas day?

3. What happens when Stupen and his bride emerge from the church after their wedding service?

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

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 didn't Rosa defy her father and attempt to reinstate the store so she could survive financially?

2. What was Rosa Coldfield's childhood relationship with Thomas Sutpen and his family?

3. 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?

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

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

6. Why did Ellen ask Rosa to protect Judith but not Henry?

7. 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?

8. Why did Sutpen want to have a big wedding, even though he knew it wasn't a good idea?

9. Why didn't Sutpen like sugar?

10. Shreve and Quentin believe that one aspect of the idea of Charles marrying Judith is more repulsive to Henry than another. What is it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways are children in this novel punished for what their parents have done? Is this punishment intended to be a larger commentary? If so, of what? Be sure to use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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