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. In the morning, Christmas returns to the cabin and dresses in _____________________.

2. Why does Mr. McEachern then go to church?

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

4. As Byron escorts Lena through the crowd in town talking about the fire, what does he not want Lena to hear?

5. Where does Hightower now spend all his time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the people of Jefferson not sure that Reverend Hightower is interested in them?

2. Why has Lena left her home in Alabama?

3. What drives Lena to keep moving on her quest?

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

5. Why does the fourteen-year-old Christmas beat the Negro girl instead of having sex with her like the other boys do?

6. Why do the townspeople believe that the former Reverend Hightower's wife had disgraced him?

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 lose control when he sees Bobbie with another man?

9. How does Christmas realize that racial prejudice is not as strong in the North as it is in the South?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Faulkner end the novel on a note of hope or the continuance of the futility of man's struggle to understand his existence? Explain

Essay Topic 2

Faulkner is a master at literary devices. Choose three examples of symbolism, metaphors, etc., and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Faulkner's use of symbolism and imagery in the book as related to the topic of light. What does the light in August represent? Which characters are especially affected by this light and what does it mean to them?

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