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. Christmas is out late with his friends despite the fact that he knows that McEachern will punish him when he gets home. How will Christmas be punished?

3. Where do Christmas and Brown live?

4. What does Christmas sell in order to buy a new suit?

5. What do the townspeople do after Mrs. Hightower's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the other men at the planing mill learn more about Christmas' background?

2. 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?

3. The author uses the literary technique of a flashback at this point in the book. What purpose does this serve?

4. Why does Byron regret telling Lena that the man in town named Joe Brown is the man she knows as Lucas Burch?

5. Why is Bobbie attracted to Christmas?

6. What is the symbolism of the polished shoes in this chapter?

7. What revelations does Brown share when he shows up in town after the murder?

8. What internal conflict does Christmas begin to experience this night?

9. Why does Byron Bunch spend so much time at his job at the planing mill?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Byron assume that the stink coming from Hightower's house is that of goodness? Why can he not identify the odor as the stink of an unclean bachelor? Why does Faulkner use this imagery to drive home his points about the relationship between Byron and Hightower?

Essay Topic 2

Christmas has a few dreamlike episodes where he disassociates himself from his actions. Why do you think he does this? Are these situations really just dreams or are they really happening?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Christmas have trouble accepting kindnesses, especially from women? What role, if any, do the dietitician, Mrs. McEachern and Miss Burden play in his inability to receive kindness?

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