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. What notable thing does Will comment on about his friend, Ned?

2. What is Captain Marsden's first name?

3. Where is Lucy living at the beginning of the novel?

4. Who is Captain Marsden?

5. How are people identified in the nursing home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the novel begin?

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

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

5. Which person does Lucy select as the topic of her paper on the Civil War, and how does she glean her information?

6. What was the purpose of the trip the family made in a new Model T Ford?

7. How does Lucy first meet Castalia?

8. What role do soap operas play in the nursing home where Lucy lives now?

9. Why does Lucy allow Will to tell his war stories to the children in spite of her objection to them?

10. Why is Lucy's wedding night especially difficult for Lucy on two levels?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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