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. Where does Uncle Gavin tell Lucas he shot the man?

2. Who does Lucas remind Charles of?

3. What does Paralee's father say women concentrate on?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faulkner often hints at a divide between the North and South of America. Using one example in the book discuss how Faulkner shows this divide. What do you think caused this divide? Is the divide still there today?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Faulkner's writing style. How would you describe Faulkner's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Faulkner's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1940s. How does Faulkner express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novels meaning would change if it was set in today's society?

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