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. What kind of wood is the coffin made from?

2. Who stops Lucas from from getting lynched?

3. Why is the sheriff reluctant to do anything?

4. Why can Charles not take the car?

5. What does Uncle Gavin say a black man is expected to do in the south?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the ride to the cemetery.

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

6. Describe Lucas's appearance.

7. In what way does chapter five show the importance of women in southern American life?

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

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

10. In what way does chapter five express the segregation between black and white people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faulkner is a native of the area he writes about and adhering to the rule writers should always write about what they know. Do you think it is obvious that Faulkner was a native of Mississippi? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think Faulkner does not portray a character or setting so well? What affect does it have on the story?

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

Look at the novel's characterization. How well drawn do you think Faulkner's characters are? Select one of the minor characters such as Mr. Gowrie and discuss how much you know about his background. In what ways does Faulkner provide the reader with information about that character?

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