As I Lay Dying Test | Final 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 goes to the Bundren's wagon to tell them about the bridge in Chapter 29: “Samson”?

2. Who is afraid to make the return trip after crossing the remains of the bridge in Chapter 33: “Tull”?

3. Dr. Peabody says in Chapter 54: “Peabody” that he can see how a man in a tight spot might let who patch him up?

4. Who does Vardaman find on Addie’s coffin, crying, in Chapter 51: “Vardaman”?

5. What is used to break the cast off Cash’s leg in Chapter 51: “Vardaman”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is foreshadowed through Cora and Addie’s conversation in Chapter 39: “Cora”?

2. What implications do you discern from Anse’s introduction of his children to “Mrs. Bundren” in Chapter 59: “Cash”?

3. How is Anse Bundren’s selfishness illustrated in Chapter 43: “Armstid”?

4. What question does Vardaman pose to Darl in Chapter 47: “Vardaman”?

5. What suggestions are made for crossing the river in Chapter 31: “Tull”? How are the suggestions received?

6. How does Dewey Dell lose her money to Anse Bundren in Chapter 58: “Dewey Dell”?

7. What are Vernon Tull’s impressions as they cross the river in Chapter 33: “Tull”?

8. How do Jewel and Cash Bundren differ in their approach to the problem in Chapter 34: “Darl”?

9. How is the timeline of the Bundren children described in Chapter 40: “Addie”?

10. How does Dr. Peabody react to Cash’s injury in Chapter 54: “Peabody”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of symbolism and imagery in As I Lay Dying. What are some of the predominant symbols in the novel? What do they represent? What characters in the story have symbolic significance? How?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Darl Bundren in As I Lay Dying. How old is Darl? What are the notable qualities of Darl's personality? What happens to Darl in the course of the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the genre of As I Lay Dying. Why is William Faulkner known for this genre? What are the qualities of the genre? What are examples in the text of each?

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