Light in August Test | Final 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. What does Christmas come to understand about women?

2. What does the old man do when he hears that Christmas has killed a white woman?

3. A negro awakens the sheriff at his home to tell him that a white man has terrorized some black people ____________.

4. What does Christmas do on the side without telling Miss Burden?

5. What does the old woman instinctively know about Christmas without even seeing him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Byron force an encounter with Brown after Brown flees from Lena in the cabin?

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

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

6. Why does Christmas refuse to marry Miss Burden and raise a family?

7. Why do the Negroes of Mottstown support Mr. Hines who preaches white supremacy in Negro churches?

8. As Christmas runs to avoid the law, he stops at a cabin and trades shoes with a Negro woman. What is the significance of the traded shoes?

9. Why are the townspeople anxious to find Miss Burden's killer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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

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