Short Essay Questions Key
1. Does Bayard glorify his father? How and why does he regard him the way he does?
Bayard thinks his father is glorious and a hero. Bayard only sees the fanciful idea of war rather than the truth of it. He wants his father to tell him stories because he sees the war as an adventure rather than a war and doesn't understand the gravity of the stories his father may tell.
2. Does Bayard understand the Civil War? How does he see it?
Bayard doesn't understand the Civil War. He doesn't understand the nature of it nor why it is happening. Bayard thinks of the war as an adventure rather than a fight. He has no concept of death and no concept of the true inequality between blacks and whites in Mississippi.
3. Why is the Sartoris family burying their silver?
The Sartoris family is burying their silver because Vicksburg has fallen. Because Bayard's father is a colonel, he is well aware of the course the war is taking and knows the Union troops are approaching and they don't want their valuables to be stolen by the troops.
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