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

2. What day do they bury the murdered man?

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

4. What is the name of Lucas's wife?

5. Why can Charles not take the car?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lucas not popular with white people in the town?

2. Do you think Will Legate is a good choice to guard Lucas at such a dangerous time?

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

4. In what way does Charles become obsessed by the incident?

5. Why does Charles have trouble sleeping?

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

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

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

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

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

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 stream of consciousness in his writing.

1) Describe what stream of consciousness is? What meaning does it bring to a novel?

2) Why do you think Faulkner uses stream of consciousness in Intruder in the Dust? How different would the novel be if he wrote in normal prose?

Essay Topic 3

Intruder in the Dust is not only a southern Gothic novel, but it also crosses into other genres. What other genres does Faulkner use? What affect do these genre conventions have on the meaning of the story?

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