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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 does Aleck Sander eat his breakfast?

2. When is Charles afraid the the town folk will lynch Lucas?

3. Who does the Sheriff and Uncle Gavin want to sit out in front of the jail?

4. Why does the sheriff think the towns people will not lynch during the day?

5. Where does Gavin take Charles?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter six how does Uncle Gavin calm Charles down enough to take him to the cemetery?

2. Why does Uncle Gavin feel he can take the moral high ground with Lucas?

3. Why do the people surrounding the jail quickly disperse when they arrive with the dead body?

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

5. Why did Crawford kill Jake?

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

7. Why did the Gowrie's not lynch Lucas behind the store?

8. Why is Charles so interested in why the black worker is plowing the field?

9. Why does the Sheriff think that Lucas could not of killed Vinson?

10. For what reason does Charles think Lucas was not lynched?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1940s. How does Faulkner express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novels meaning would change if it was set in today's society?

Essay Topic 2

Using two examples to support your argument, discuss the following statement. The aggressive and sometimes confused attitude the white characters show towards Lucas is a response to his own proud attitude.

Essay Topic 3

Faulkner sets the novel in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha. Do you think the county resembles any real life setting? Why do you think Faulkner has chosen to use a fictional county? What difference do you think it would make if he used a real county in Mississippi?

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