The Sound and the Fury Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is credited with looking after the children?

2. Where does Benjy wait for Caddy to return home from school?

3. Where is Jason employed?

4. What does Caroline wish for the sake of her husband and children?

5. Who is Benjy's favorite sibling?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Quentin's role in the novel.

2. What does Benjy remember about his brother Quentin?

3. What can the reader understand about Benjy?

4. Describe Benjamin Compson's role in the novel.

5. Why do you think Benjy does not describe physical appearance?

6. Describe Jason Compton's role in the novel.

7. Describe Uncle Maury's role in the novel.

8. How do you think outsiders see Benjamin?

9. Why do you think both Caddy and Quentin continuously search for love elsewhere?

10. What complaints does the female Quentin have about Benjy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Quentin commits suicide? How do you think it affects the family?

Essay Topic 2

All the children grow up into very different characters. Why do you think they strive for individuality? Do you think it is more damaging than healthy? Do you think they are ever likely to find themselves?

Essay Topic 3

What kind of mental illness do you think Benjy has? How does his illness affect the other members of the family? Do you think the family allow his illness to affect them too much? What ways do you think they could deal with Benjy better?

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