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 does Gavin take Charles?

2. What does Charles buy Molly Beauchamp?

3. What does Charles do when they hear the mule?

4. Why do they think that no one will lynch Lucas with Miss Habersham keeping guard?

5. Who does the sheriff phone to organize an exhumation order?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way in chapter five does Uncle Gavin take control of the situation?

3. Describe the ride to the cemetery.

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

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

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

7. How does Charles still know that he still owes Lucas a debt?

8. In what way does Charles show he is the epiphany of a southern gentleman in chapter four?

9. Do you think it was unusual for a black man to invite a white boy back to his cabin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way does Falkner subvert stereotypes in this book? Take one character and discuss your first impression of that character? Does Faulkner challenge that first impression?

Essay Topic 2

Faulkner uses southern dialect. What meaning do you think Faulkner's use of dialect brings to the novel? Do you think the dialect is accurate? Why do you think some authors choose to use dialect while others choose not to? Which method do you think is better?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the relationship between Aleck and Charles. Do you think they are more friends than master and servant? What does that say about the changing racial attitudes in south at that time? How different do you think there relationship would of changed if they met again today?

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