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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. What was Granny's disturbing dream at the beginning of "Retreat"?

2. What does the Sartoris family hide their silver in?

3. Drusilla views her new life as _______.

4. Which Union regiment does Sartoris encounter with Ringo and Bayard?

5. Before bed, with the silver in her room, what does Granny do for the first time ever?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Sartoris family burying their silver?

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

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

4. How does Uncle Buck manage his slaves? Is this unusual?

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

6. Why do Bayard and Ringo shoot at the Union soldiers?

7. How does "Raid" paint women?

8. Does Bayard understand the Civil War? How does he see it?

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

10. Does Bayard glorify his father? How and why does he regard him the way he does?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Colonel Sartoris is the epitome of traditional mid-nineteenth century South in certain aspects. Discuss how and what Sartoris portrays about this time and the significance of his actions in the larger context of the time and other characters.

Essay Topic 2

Race is a significant and theme of "The Unvanquished": slaves are not all treated equally by characters and each character has a different agenda. Discuss the nature of race in the book and how the various dimensions are developed and the role they play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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