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 is the sheriff doing when they arrive at his house?

3. What kind of hat does Lucas wear?

4. What day do they bury the murdered man?

5. How would Charles leave town?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Do you think it was unusual for a black man to invite a white boy back to his cabin?

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

6. Describe the painting in Lucas's cabin.

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

8. Why is Sheriff Hampton so reluctant to react to Charles story about the mule?

9. Why does Charles have trouble sleeping?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story Charles thinks he owes Lucas a favor and there are also many references to the southern gentlemen code. What is the southern gentlemen code? In what way does Faulkner present the southern gentlemen code as a backward and damaging tradition? In what ways do you think the characters and setting would lose and gain from the breakdown of the code?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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