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

Allan Gurganus
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Mid-Book 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. What do Cap and Lucy purchase at Hodgepath's?

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

3. Where did the boy in #9 die?

4. Cassie tells Lucy that Lucy doesn't know how to be _____________.

5. Who is the other slave who helps get Lady Marsden out of her home when Sherman's army arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Baby try to re-pay her mother for swallowing the diamond ring?

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

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

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

5. What decision does Lucy make after she has been home again for a few weeks?

6. How did the slaves treat Lady Marsden after she was burned in the fire at The Lilacs?

7. What prevents Lucy from leaving with the children?

8. Describe Lucy's success at teaching Sunday School

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

10. What role does Will have in the annual parade of the Daughters of the Confederacy in Raleigh?

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

Gurganus is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Gurganus' writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL.

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