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. Why does Charles think Lucas does not talk to him the second time they meet in town?

2. Who does Charles meet for the first time when he climbs out of the water?

3. What does Paralee's father say men concentrate too much on?

4. Who do they find inside the coffin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the painting in Lucas's cabin.

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

6. Describe the ride to the cemetery.

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

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

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

10. Why does Charles become so involved in the murder case?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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