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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 do the townspeople virtually ignore Miss Burden?
(a) Because she is too eccentric
(b) Because she is more intelligent than any of them
(c) Because she associates with Negroes
(d) Because she never married

2. What does Miss Burden insist that Christmas do every day to prove his faithfulness?
(a) Pick her some flowers
(b) Write her a poem
(c) Bring her chocolates
(d) Check for a love letter in a hollow tree

3. Why does Byron need Hightower to get involved with Christmas' plight?
(a) Because Hightower is still a man of God
(b) Because Hightower is also a lawyer
(c) Because Hightower knows people in high places
(d) Because Hightower is Christmas' gay lover

4. Who is the National Guard soldier who stakes out Christmas with his troops?
(a) Percy Grimm
(b) Calvin Burden
(c) Lucas Burch
(d) Joe Brown

5. What favor does Byron ask of Hightower?
(a) To lend him enough money to leave town
(b) To talk to Christmas about the murder of Miss Burden
(c) To bring his medical book to the cabin and deliver Lena's baby
(d) To consider practicing as a minister once again

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Joe Brown do after the murder?

2. Where does Christmas go when he escapes from jail and where he is eventually killed?

3. What does the old man holler out while waiting on the train to Jefferson?

4. Where does Christmas get a job?

5. How old is Miss Burden when she discovers him stealing food from her house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Other than the fact that he is a good person, why does Hightower feel the need to help Christmas?

2. What does Hightower mean when he says the fading afternoon light is audible?

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

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

5. What does Hightower finally realize as he sits at his window watching the fading light?

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

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

8. The cries of Lena's newborn child are significant for Byron. Why?

9. How does Christmas know that he has run far enough for now?

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

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