Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Test | Final Test - Hard

Allan Gurganus
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is the child when he dies?

2. Which Union general do people talk about on Will's journey home?

3. Who did Bianca marry?

4. What was the big event of the year for Cassie's tribe in Africa?

5. What city did the woman in the train station come from?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss whether Will was a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What are the symptoms of this disorder? What behaviors haunted Will for the rest of his life after his service in the Civil War? What do you think people called this disorder which was not formally recognized at this time?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of the passage of time will be an important one in the novel. How does the author begin to build this theme? Give examples of the passage of time throughout the book.

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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