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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. What is the letter that is presented in Chapter 4 written with?

2. Whose regiment does Thomas Sutpen join?

3. What do Henry and Charles Bon do during the war?

4. After Sutpen's estate has been built but left unfurnished for several years, he leaves Jefferson for a short period of time. What does he return with?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. Why does Judith give the letter from Charles Bon away?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways can _Absalom, Absalom!_ be considered a revenge story? Please provide specific examples from the novel.

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