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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. Who does Dewey Dell sit next to in the wagon in Chapter 25: "Darl"?
(a) Cash.
(b) Vardaman.
(c) Jewel
(d) Anse.

2. Who is Tull talking to in Chapter 8: "Tull"?
(a) Quick.
(b) Anse.
(c) Samson.
(d) Dewey Dell.

3. Who is described as the only one of Addie's children that "had his mother's nature, had any natural affection" (19) in Chapter 6: "Cora"?
(a) Cash.
(b) Jewel.
(c) Vardaman.
(d) Darl.

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

5. Darl says in Chapter 3: "Darl," "When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set for a while in" what (9)?
(a) "A cedar bucket."
(b) "A copper tin."
(c) "A coffee pot."
(d) "An oak barrel."

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Pa say "You got no affection nor gentleness for [Addie]" (18) in Chapter 5?

2. How old is Peabody?

3. Who does the narrator describe picking into the secret shade with in Chapter 7: "Dewey Dell"?

4. How does Darl say that Peabody has "pussel-gutted himself" (13) in Chapter 10: "Darl"?

5. What does Dewey Dell repeatedly say that she is in Chapter 14: "Dewey Dell"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Cora Tull characterized as a narrator in Chapter 6: “Cora”?

2. What is indicated by Darl’s assessments of his mother Chapter 21: “Darl”?

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

4. Why is Jewel Bundren angry in Chapter 4: “Jewel”? What does his anger indicate about Jewel’s character?

5. What question does Darl pose to Jewel in Chapter 10: “Darl”? How does Jewel respond?

6. What is indicated by Anse’s superstitions about moving in Chapter 9: “Anse”?

7. What does "luck" mean to Anse Bundren?

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

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

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

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