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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Brown tell Lena he cannot stay at the cabin?
(a) He is very busy with securing the reward funds.
(b) He does not think the child is his.
(c) He has plans with some friends in town.
(d) He does not love her anymore.

2. A negro awakens the sheriff at his home to tell him that a white man has terrorized some black people ____________.
(a) at the sawmill
(b) at church
(c) at a restaurant
(d) at a bus station

3. What does Joe Brown do after the murder?
(a) He admits to killing Miss Burden.
(b) He tries to get word to Christmas that the sheriff is looking for him.
(c) He shows up in town, idenitifies Christmas as the murderer and claims the reward.
(d) He runs away from town as fast as he can.

4. What does the old man do when he hears that Christmas has killed a white woman?
(a) He offers him refuge in his home.
(b) He visits Christmas in jail.
(c) He beats him with a stick.
(d) He provides bail.

5. What does Christmas come to understand about women?
(a) They are basically the same no matter what their age.
(b) When they finally surrender completely, it is going to be in words.
(c) Some are always going to be good and some are always going to be bad for you.
(d) They are all very moody at times.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Miss Burden leave out for Christmas every Saturday?

2. How is Christmas killed?

3. Why does Hightower think he let down the people of Jefferson?

4. How do the authorities know where Christmas is hiding?

5. Why do the townspeople leave the old couple alone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism of the odor in Hightower's house?

2. Why does Christmas refuse to marry Miss Burden and raise a family?

3. Why are the townspeople anxious to find Miss Burden's killer?

4. Explain the irony in Miss Burden's nearly nymphomaniac behavior?

5. Explain this statement made by Christmas: "Whether they are seventeen or fortyseven, when they finally come to surrender completely, it's going to be in words."

6. How does Faulkner show that women are more realistic and more forgiving in this chapter?

7. Explain why Christmas' arrival in the town of Mottstown means that he has come full circle in his life.

8. Why does Byron force an encounter with Brown after Brown flees from Lena in the cabin?

9. Why do the Negroes of Mottstown support Mr. Hines who preaches white supremacy in Negro churches?

10. How does Mrs. Hines indirectly cause the death of Christmas, her grandson?

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