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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 Charles end up throwing the coins?

2. Who does Lucas remind Charles of?

3. Who does Charles go home to speak to?

4. Where does Lucas take Charles?

5. What kind of animal does Mr. Edmunds invite Charles to hunt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Charles remembers about Lucas from four years ago

2. How do Gavin and the Sheriff plan to catch Crawford?

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

4. Why does Charles have trouble sleeping?

5. Who does the sheriff think the man is who passed Charles on the road to the cemetery?

6. Why do you think Charles does not argue with Lucas when he pulls him from the water, even though he wants to?

7. In what way are the Gowrie's only a small step above black people?

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

9. Why do you think Lucas did not tell the full story in the first place?

10. What is Uncle Gavin opinion on Lucas' request to dig up the dead body?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story and Faulkner? How does Faulkner use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 3

William Faulkner is a American writer responsible for some of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. Examine Faulkner's life. What kind of upbringing did he have? What kind of education? What were the major themes of his work?Why do you think Faulkner's novels were so relevant in the mid twentieth century and continue to be relevant today?

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