Collected Stories of William Faulkner Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is Abner Snope ordered to pay de Spain bushels of corn, and what is Abner's reaction to this order?

Abner Snope is a sharecropper who works on de Spain's land. One day he purposefully ruins the carpets in de Spain's home and is ordered to repay him 20 bushels of corn. Snope is so outraged that he burns down de Spain's barn.

2. How is Sarty involved in his father's death?

When Sarty hears that his father, Abner Snope, is going to burn down de Spain's farm, he runs to de Spain to warn him. He does not get there in time, and Abner has already burned down the barn. As Sarty turns to leave the scene of the crime, he hears a gunshot and knows that his father has been killed.

3. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

Res Grier is a man always embroiled in one debt or another. When he is late for work one day, he promises that he will make up the lost time by giving his co-workers a very valuable hound dog. The co-workers are pleased with this arrangement and do not turn Grier in to the foreman.

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