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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. Ringo and Bayard have growing ______ to protect their town.

2. Why does Granny pray after the soldiers leave?

3. Why does Granny read recipes to Ringo and Bayard?

4. How does Drusilla change her appearance after her fiancé and father die?

5. Drusilla views her new life as _______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Drusilla become more masculine?

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

3. How is Sartoris a victim to both sides of the war?

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

5. After the Union soldiers leave her house, what is Granny most concerned with?

6. Why does Colonel Dick leave Granny's house?

7. What are the fleeing slaves representing?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The migration of the slaves to the river represents classical elements of the Civil War as well as Faulkner's personal portrait of the nature of humans and the time. Discuss the scene of the slaves' migration to the river in its themes and the statement Faulkner is making about the Civil War and the larger portrait of humanity.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Through "The Unvanquished," the reader watches Bayard mature from his idyllic childhood to adulthood. This transition is instigated through both nature and experience. Discuss the affect Bayard's youthful and matured perspectives offer to the book and Faulkner's explanation of the natures of youth and adulthood.

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