Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Test | Final 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 does Lucy feel about where Will wants to take Ned?

2. Where is Will sitting in a ditch in Book III, pp. 478-509?

3. Lucy has her children research ______________ and give reports on what they find.

4. Who is Lucy's youngest child?

5. What is Lucy cooking when her neighbor, Ruth, comes to tell her that she has a phone call?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Lucy decide to leave her family and what gives her validation on her decision?

3. What are the circumstances of the death of Lucy and Will's baby, Archie?

4. How does Lieutenant Prothero behave inappropriately toward Unison Randolph?

5. Why would Unison have behaved so mournfully at Prothero's funeral, especially when she did not care for him?

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

7. How do Will's financial decisions make the family vulnerable?

8. How does the author use foreshadowing regarding Ned in this section?

9. Describe Lucy's success at teaching Sunday School

10. What are the circumstances in which Maimie is terminated by Angus McCloud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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