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 Miss Burden insist that Christmas do every day to prove his faithfulness?

2. How is Christmas killed?

3. What does the deputy tell the sheriff about Lena?

4. To where does Miss Burden make arrangements for Christmas to go?

5. The sheriff has his men beat a Negro so that he will them what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain this statement made by Christmas: "Whether they are seventeen or fortyseven, when they finally come to surrender completely, it's going to be in words."

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

6. 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?

7. Why does Christmas feel he will be safe at Miss Burden's place?

8. Why does Percy Grimm castrate Christmas while he is still alive?

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

10. What does Hightower mean when he says the fading afternoon light is audible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Byron and Hightower. The men are friends but their core beliefs are at odds at points during the book. Also, Byron does not feel he is as good as Hightower yet he shows more compassion toward people. What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

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 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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