As I Lay Dying Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Cora married to?

2. Who comes to inform those at the Bundren home that the bridge has gone out in Chapter 20: "Tull"?

3. What does Vardaman describe Jewel's eyes as looking like when he stands off with is father in Chapter 24: "Vardaman"?

4. Whose barn does Cash intend to stop by and work on in Chapter 24: "Vardaman"?

5. Whose raincoat is offered to Cash while he works on the coffin in Chapter 17: "Darl"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is indicated by Anse Bundren’s behavior after Addie’s death in Chapter 12: “Darl”?

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

4. What is Tull's relationship to the Bundrens? What role does he play in the story?

5. How would you describe Jewel Bundren’s actions in carrying the coffin in Chapter 23: “Darl”?

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

7. What actions and events comprise Chapter 22: “Cash”? How does the chapter end?

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

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

10. What is foreshadowed about Dewey Dell’s condition in Chapter 14: “Dewey Dell”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of irony in As I Lay Dying. What are examples of dramatic irony in the novel? What are examples of situational irony? How does each example in the novel serve the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of identity in As I Lay Dying. How does this theme relate to Darl, Jewel, and Cash? How does this theme connect to Dewey Dell? How does it relate to Anse Bundren?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of Dewey Dell Bundren. How old is Dewey Dell? What qualities stand out the most in her character? How does Dewey Dell differ from the other members of her family?

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