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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. What happens when Mr. McEachern calls Bobbie a harlot?
2. Who is Lena's brother?
3. What do the other mill workers discover that Joe Christmas has been doing?
4. How does Mr. McEachern punish Christmas in the stable
5. Why had Hightower originally come to town?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Lena rationalize the fact that Lucas has not yet sent for her?
2. How does trouble find Byron anyway?
3. What is the symbolism of the polished shoes in this chapter?
4. Why has Lena left her home in Alabama?
5. Why is Christmas attracted to Bobbie?
6. Who does the dietician turn to in her plans to ruin Christmas?
7. Two men give Lena a ride in their wagon but one of them is especially concerned about what people might say. What misgivings do the men have about the situation?
8. Why does Christmas take Mrs. McEachern's hidden money as she watches him do it?
9. Why does Christmas toss away the food Mrs. McEachern brings him after Mr. McEachern has beaten him?
10. Why does Christmas wish that McEachern would discover his absence in the house this night and try to stop him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why do you think Hightower is really forced to resign from his minister position? Was it because his wife disgraced him with improper behavior? Or is there some hidden story related to rumors of his homosexuality? Explain your perspective.
Essay Topic 2
Faith is an important theme in the novel. Give examples of faith from the book that exemplify what is expected of people of faith as well as some examples of behavior which is counter to those with supposed religious beliefs. What points is Faulkner trying to make by pointing out the disparity in beliefs and actions?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the mixed feelings Christmas must have when he trades the woman for the shoes of the black man and can feel his black blood manifesting itself in the physical world.
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