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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. As the Union soldiers leave Sartoris' burning house, how does Granny respond?

2. How long do Ringo and Bayard wait on the road?

3. How does Bayard feel about taking orders from this father?

4. What is Drusilla meant to represent?

5. Where do Granny and Bayard end up living?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Sartoris family fleeing their town?

2. Why does Bayard believe that "we are being set free"?

3. How has Bayard matured since "Ambuscade"? What is the cause of this?

4. How is the reader's perception of the war in "Raid" different than in prior chapters?

5. Why is Granny particularly paranoid about the chest of silver in "Retreat"?

6. Are people's loyalties in "Raid" predictable or unpredictable? How?

7. What are the fleeing slaves representing?

8. Are slaves able to be free in "Retreat"? Is it true freedom?

9. How easy is it to gauge humor in "Retreat"? Why?

10. Why does Granny become relieved at one point when the Union soldiers are searching her house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from our protagonists, Faulkner utilizes several secondary characters. These characters represent alternate avenues to issues (Aunt Louisa to femininity, and Uncle Buck to slavery). Discuss the use of secondary characters in "The Unvanquished": what are they meant to represent? How do they round out the narrative? How do they aid to Faulkner's larger message with the book?

Essay Topic 2

Through "The Unvanquished," readers experiences unlikely empathetic actions on behalf of some and a severe lack in others. Colonel Dick is generous to Granny, while the slaves abandon their families to get to the river. Discuss Faulkner's exploration of empathy in "The Unvanquished" and how this impacts the portrait of humanity.

Essay Topic 3

Faulkner's serious story is full of humor and irony. Discuss how Faulkner uses humor, how his writing style affects these moments, their purpose, and affect.

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