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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Vardaman say Dewey Dell told him they would get in Chapter 15: Vardaman"?
(a) Oranges.
(b) Bananas.
(c) Grapefuits.
(d) Apples.

2. Who says "I mislike undecision as much as ere a man" in Chapter 5: "Darl"?
(a) Cash.
(b) Darl.
(c) Anse.
(d) Tull.

3. What does Cora perceive as the sign that Addie has died in Chapter 16: "Tull"?
(a) A telephone call from Anse.
(b) The arrival of Peabody's horses.
(c) The arrival of Darl.
(d) A buzzard flying over.

4. What is Addie compared to in Chapter 15: Vardaman"?
(a) A horse.
(b) A cloud.
(c) A rabbit.
(d) A cat.

5. Who does the narrator describe picking into the secret shade with in Chapter 7: "Dewey Dell"?
(a) Jack.
(b) Paul.
(c) Andrew.
(d) Lafe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose wagon stands beside the spring in Chapter 1: "Darl"?

2. With whom does Darl return from the fields in Chapter 1: "Darl"?

3. How much of the time does Cash say people are generally upright in a house in Chapter 18: "Cash"?

4. What does Cora say she baked yesterday in Chapter 2: "Cora"?

5. Why does Peabody hope for Addie's impending death in Chapter 11: "Peabody"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What religious philosophy is presented in Chapter 16: “Tull”?

2. What is indicated by Cash’s detailed list in Chapter 18: “Cash”?

3. What is the main setting of As I Lay Dying? Where does the story begin?

4. What is indicated by Kate Tull’s concern about the cakes that don’t sell in Chapter 2: “Cora”?

5. What sentence comprises Chapter 19: “Vardaman”? What is the meaning behind this chapter?

6. How does Peabody feel about his objective at the Bundren residence in Chapter 11: “Peabody”?

7. Who is Lafe and what is his role in the novel?

8. What conversation are Vernon Tull and Anse Bundren engaged in, in the beginning of Chapter 8: “Tull”?

9. What makes Darl Bundren unique as a narrator in As I Lay Dying?

10. Why does Anse Bundren complain about Jewel in Chapter 26: “Anse”? How does Darl respond when he sees Jewel?

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