Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Short Essay - Answer Key

Allan Gurganus
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the premise of OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL?

OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL is the story of Lucy Marsden. She is the widow of the last surviving soldier of the Civil War. This is her story of slavery, the Civil War, family, sharecropping and the South.

2. How does the novel begin?

The book opens with the death of Lucy's husband, Captain Marsden. He had been famous in the area with people coming to interview him and to take pictures. Lucy would prompt him to tell his battle stories for them. Lucy did this for the last thirty years of his life.

3. How old was Willie when he became a soldier and how did the war affect him?

Willie was thirteen years old when he became a Confederate soldier. Lucy relates how he was affected by the war. He was just a child when he had to experience the horrors of war and he never forgot the experiences as is true of most soldiers.

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