Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Test | 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. As a school girl, what topic does Lucy choose to write on regarding the Civil War?

2. What does Lucy start to do in the afternoons?

3. How long has Lucy lived at the nursing home?

4. Why could Will not send the item in #49 to the family of the dead Union soldier?

5. Who is Captain Marsden?

Short Essay Questions

1. What physical and emotional changes occur in Will after visiting the lake where Ned was killed?

2. How does the novel begin?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two instances about struggle in the story and then cite examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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