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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 Mr. Coldfiled's association with Sutpen after the marriage?

2. Where had Thomas Sutpen lived before he came to Jefferson?

3. What happens to Rosa Coldfield's aunt when Rosa was ten?

4. Who is Rosa engaged to at one point in her life?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Thomas Sutpen marry Ellen Coldfield?

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

3. Why does Rosa stop accepting visits from Judith and Ellen?

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

5. In Chapter 8, what is meant by the fact that Quentin and Shreve feel as though there are four people in their dorm room?

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

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

8. 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?"

9. How did Judith's fiance die?

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

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

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

Who is the protagonist of _Absalom, Absalom_? Who is the antagonist? Give reasons from the text to support your claims.

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