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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. Where does Lucius say they are staying in Memphis?

2. What is Grandfather Priest's job?

3. What kind of animal did Ned train to run like a horse?

4. Who does Miss Reba ask Miss Corrie to ring?

5. What is the name of the bridge they pass over in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the ploughman persuade Boon to pay him more money?

2. Describe Ballenbaugh's.

3. In what way does Binford abuse the women in his charge?

4. What does the ploughman's extortion of Boon express?

5. How does the final scene in Chapter 4 express the theme of racism?

6. How does Miss Reba think Sam can assist them?

7. How does beginning of Chapter 5 describe the transition between Mississippi and Tennessee?

8. In what ways can Maury be seen as a positive character?

9. How is Ned going to win back the automobile?

10. What does the Iron Bridge symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

William Faulkner is a American writer responsible for some of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. Examine Faulkner's life. What kind of upbringing did he have? What kind of education? What were the major themes of his work? Why do you think Faulkner's novels were so relevant in the mid-20th century and continue to be relevant today?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Faulkner's books have similar characters, themes, or settings? How has Faulkner's work matured over the years?

Essay Topic 3

The Reivers is written in the first person. Why do you think Faulkner chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if it was written in the third person?

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