Light in August 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. Who befriends Hightower after twenty years of his seclusion?

2. What does Christmas do when he realizes that the waitress sleeps with other men for money?

3. Who is Lena's brother?

4. Christmas leaves the cabin taking with him _________________________.

5. Why had Hightower originally come to town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Christmas' final act of naivete regarding Bobbie?

2. Who does the dietician turn to in her plans to ruin Christmas?

3. What is the irony of McEachern beating Christmas for not memorizing his catechism lesson?

4. Why is McEachern's death symbolic in this chapter?

5. Why has Lena left her home in Alabama?

6. What are Byron Bunch's first impressions of Joe Christmas?

7. Joe leaves the whorehouse and enters "the street which was to run for fifteen years." What is the significance of this statement?

8. Why does Christmas know that something is going to happen to him on this night?

9. Why does Christmas lose control when he sees Bobbie with another man?

10. Why is Christmas attracted to Bobbie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The town of Jefferson seems to be filled with misfits. This is not uncommon in the Southern Gothic style of literature which Faulkner writes. Why do you think there are so many unusual or eccentric characters? Could the story be told with more average characters or is it necessary to populate the town with eccentrics? Explain in context with other Southern Gothic literature with which you may be familiar.

Essay Topic 2

Faulkner uses the literary technique of flashback in this novel. Note the flashback instances and describe them briefly. What is the purpose of using this technique? What do they provide the reader? What would the reader not know about this story if the flashbacks were not included?

Essay Topic 3

Christmas is in an impossible situation in that he is neither black nor white; and he does not know who his parents are. How might Christmas' life had been altered if even one of these elements had been stabilized for him? Explain.

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