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. Who was the Union soldier Will dragged into a ditch with him?

2. Where did Will and his mother often have picnics?

3. What does Will purchase when he returns home from visiting the Utts?

4. What does Ned's mother do when Will tells her about Ned's death?

5. What name does Lucy call Willie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Lady Marsden and what were some of the things she was noted for?

2. Describe the situation when Lucy takes Will one last time to see the lake where Ned was killed.

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

4. Why did Will make the trip to Massachusetts to meet with Simon Utts' family?

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

6. What is the story of the woman at the train station which makes Lucy change her mind about leaving her family?

7. What story does Lady Marsden ask Cassie to tell as they wait for Sherman's troops to arrive?


9. What does Lucy see on her airplane ride that gives her closure to the war and her life with Will?

10. What is significant about the diamond ring that Baby swallowed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Will Marsden. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him during his lifetime?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of loss.

Essay Topic 3

How does Gurganus use the literary technique of local color in OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Falls establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

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