Intruder in the Dust 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. Where did Lucas have his gun when they found him standing over the dead man?

2. What does Lucas get arrested for?

3. Why does Charles initially think he no longer owes Lucas a debt?

4. Who does Charles find his uncle speaking to?

5. Who was Miss Habersham raised with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does chapter five express Charles's need to come of age as a man?

2. Why does Lucas want Charles to dig up Gowrie's body?

3. Why do you think Lucas does not discourage Gavin from giving him a version of his own story?

4. What is Uncle Gavin opinion on Lucas' request to dig up the dead body?

5. What is Charles' attitude towards his black servant Aleck Sander?

6. Describe how even in prison the white man is given precedent over the black man.

7. Why are the black prisoners so quiet the night Lucas is taken into the prison?

8. Why do you think Charles does not argue with Lucas when he pulls him from the water, even though he wants to?

9. In what way does Charles think Lucas is different?

10. Why is Sheriff Hampton so reluctant to react to Charles story about the mule?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faulkner foreshadows many of the events in the novel.

1) Define foreshadowing. What does foreshadowing give to a novel?

2) How do you think an author should use foreshadowing? Can it be under or overused?

3) Using two examples from the book discuss how Faulkner uses foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Intruder in the Dust is part of the southern Gothic genre.

1) What are the conventions of the southern Gothic genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way does Intruder in the Dust subvert the southern Gothic genre?

Essay Topic 3

Faulkner often hints at a divide between the North and South of America. Using one example in the book discuss how Faulkner shows this divide. What do you think caused this divide? Is the divide still there today?

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