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. The baby's first cry also has a strong emotional release for Byron. Why?

2. Who is the National Guard soldier who stakes out Christmas with his troops?

3. How do the authorities know where Christmas is hiding?

4. Of what does Hightower accuse Byron of doing?

5. Who moves into the cabin with Christmas?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Hines indirectly cause the death of Christmas, her grandson?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Hightower so upset that Byron has asked for his help with the situations regarding Lena and Christmas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another literary technique Faulkner uses is to give a voice to the towns of Jefferson and Mottstown. Why does Faulkner do this? How can one voice encompass the opinions and feelings of all the people in a town? What would the reader not know if these voices were not apparent in the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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