Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Allan Gurganus
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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. Which of the following is NOT an item the slaves leave with Lady Marsden before they go?

2. What is Lucy's notoriety in the nursing home?

3. Where does Cap drive the family in the new car?

4. Lady Marsden was known to be a master at _________________.

5. Who is Captain Marsden?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Ned Smythe's mother react to news of his death?

2. How does the novel begin?

3. Why is Lucy concerned for Will during the family's trip to view Civil War sites?

4. Who is Sal Smith and what role did he play in Will's life during the war?

5. Even though Lucy is younger than Will, how does she view him regarding his emotional war wounds?

6. What is the irony of Sal Smith's situation when Will sees him again many years later?

7. How did Will become famous for telling his war stories?

8. Why do most of the slaves remain at The Lilacs even after they are freed?

9. To what does Will attribute Cassie's aloof demeanor?

10. How does Ned's mother react when Will visits her to talk about Ned's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through a series of flashbacks. Why did he choose to tell his story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss whether Will was a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What are the symptoms of this disorder? What behaviors haunted Will for the rest of his life after his service in the Civil War? What do you think people called this disorder which was not formally recognized at this time?

Essay Topic 3

OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL is a classic historical fiction story. What does that classification entail? Why does this story fit into this category?

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