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. How do the character know the grave has been disturbed?

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

3. Why does the sheriff put Lucas in a cell usually reserved for white prisoners?

4. What does Lucas want Charles to do?

5. Who is the sheriff bringing to jail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the payment of debts in the novel symbolize?

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

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

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

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

6. What is significant about the man on the mule in chapter four?

7. In what way does Faulkner portray Miss Habersham as a strong woman?

8. Why do you think Charles is so enraged by the behavior of the crowd?

9. Why is Charles' father so angry?

10. Why does Charles hold such respect for Miss Habersham?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Closely consider at the novel's plot.

1) Identify the main plot points of the story. How do they work towards a final resolution?

2) How does Faulkner use character to further the plot?

3) How does Faulkner use dialogue to further the plot.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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