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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. Who drives Miss Habersham to the cemetery?

2. Who does the sheriff phone to organize an exhumation order?

3. What does Charles ask if he can take to Lucas?

4. Who stops Lucas from from getting lynched?

5. Where does Aleck Sander eat his breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. In this chapter how does Faulkner show what he thinks is the main difference between men and women?

2. Why do you think Lucas does not discourage Gavin from giving him a version of his own story?

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

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

5. How does chapter five express Charles's need to come of age as a man?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Charles have trouble sleeping?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faulkner is a native of the area he writes about and adhering to the rule writers should always write about what they know. Do you think it is obvious that Faulkner was a native of Mississippi? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think Faulkner does not portray a character or setting so well? What affect does it have on the story?

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

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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