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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. At the beginning of "Retreat," where is the Sartoris family fleeing?

2. How does Granny gain Colonel Dick's sympathy?

3. "Retreat" begins ______ after the conclusion of "Ambuscade."

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

5. Bayard observes that although the war is tragic, he has never experiences such ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the fleeing slaves representing?

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

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

5. Why does Loosh feel justified in taking the silver?

6. How empathetic is the Union army in "Raid"?

7. Why do the Bayard and Ringo keep an eye on Loosh?

8. In "Raid," which is more important to people: freedom or personal sentiment? How and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The moments of good versus evil are the moments where Bayard's true maturity is forced and shown. The villains play a pivotal role in the progression of the narrative, characters and message. Discuss how the villains are significant and what their impact is on "The Unvanquished."

Essay Topic 2

Despite the fact that "The Unvanquished" takes place during wartime, the gravity of death is still felt by the reader. The reader only witness a few instances of death, keeping the reader from becoming desensitized to it and giving each a special significance to the characters and the larger picture of the narrative. Discuss the use of death in "The Unvanquished," the effect it has on the characters and how Faulkner wields these instances.

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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