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. How old was Captain Marsden when he joined the Confederate army?

2. What happens to Will a few months after the return from the trip?

3. How ole is Lucy when she marries Will?

4. What was the name of Lady Marsden's mansion?

5. What kind of car did Cap buy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How old are Lucy and Will when they meet and begin a courtship?

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


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

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

8. Who is the only man that Lucy likes in the nursing home?

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

10. What is Will's behavior at the site where Ned was killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Cassie. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her during her lifetime?

Essay Topic 2

Gurganus uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see his world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe some situation or location in the book using only your recall of Gurganus' descriptions.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in the early to mid 20th century when Lucy is living her life. How did women's roles evolve? What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not?

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