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

2. To whom does the recipient of the letter presented in Chapter 4 give the letter to decades ago?

3. Where does Henry Sutpen attend college?

4. In what year does the novel begin?

5. Who does Thomas Sutpen marry?

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 did Clytie set the fire at Sutpen's Hundred?

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

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

6. What reason did Sutpen give for not joining the Klan?

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

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

9. What does Chapter 6 imply about the reason why Judith took Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon in after he was orphaned?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Examine how Quentin changes over the course of the novel and explain how and why. Be sure to use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Does the novel put forth a commentary about fate? If so, what is it? Please provide specific examples from the novel.

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