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. How did Lucas once react to an insult from a white man?

2. What does Charles consider doing so he does not have to see Lucas lynched?

3. What kind of look does Charles think Lucas has in his eyes?

4. How do the character know the grave has been disturbed?

5. Why must they hide the truck when they reach the cemetery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the town think Lucas is guilty of the murder?

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

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

4. In this chapter how does Faulkner show what he thinks is the main difference between men and women?

5. What is the unwritten code of the south when a black man commits a crime against a white man?

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

7. Describe Lucas's appearance.

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

9. What is significant about the man on the mule in chapter four?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Closely consider at the novel's plot.

1) Identify the main plot points of the story. How do they work towards a final resolution?

2) How does Faulkner use character to further the plot?

3) How does Faulkner use dialogue to further the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Examine Faulkner's writing style. How would you describe Faulkner's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Faulkner's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

William Faulkner is a American writer responsible for some of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. Examine Faulkner's life. What kind of upbringing did he have? What kind of education? What were the major themes of his work?Why do you think Faulkner's novels were so relevant in the mid twentieth century and continue to be relevant today?

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