Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

George Saunders
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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. Whose account of the Lincoln home is described in Chapter 56?

2. What is discovered in Lincoln's trouser pocket in Chapter 53?

3. What sensation does Hans Vollman describe when sitting inside of Lincoln in Chapter 49?

4. How many sons does Lance Durning claim to have in Chapter 65?

5. Who attempts to drive the black former slaves across the fence in Chapter 66?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the protagonists manage to sway Lincoln from leaving in Chapter 77?

2. What does the lock and key in Lincoln's pocket represent?

3. Who is Benjamin ("Benjy") and why is he mentioned by Mr. and Mrs. Baron in Chapter 65?

4. What does Willie's suit symbolize in the novel?

5. What do Vollman and Bevins realize about the passage of time in Chapter 55?

6. What are the prides of Professor Edmund Bloomer and Lawrence T. Decroix?

7. How does Mrs. Francis Hodge describe Litzie's life?

8. What is the focus on the excerpts in Chapter 47?

9. How did Bevins and Vollman once cause a wedding?

10. To what sin does Captain William Prince confess? To whom does he confess?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative style of Lincoln in the Bardo. Who are the principle narrators? Is their narrator related in first, second, or third-person perspective? What is the impact of having so many different narrators in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss and analyze the character of Thomas Havens in Lincoln in the Bardo. How does Havens feel about his experiences as a slave? Why does he remain in the bardo? What happens to Havens at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the character of Reverend Everly Thomas in Lincoln in the Bardo. When did the Reverend come to the bardo? Why did he refuse to pass through the gates? What makes the Reverend stand out amongst the inhabitants of the bardo?

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