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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 is Drusilla meant to represent?

2. What does Granny offer to Colonel Dick?

3. Why is the family hiding their silver?

4. Why do the Confederate troops encourage Granny to go back home?

5. Ringo asks Bayard who he thinks Granny dreamed about. Bayard says ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why isn't Uncle Buck fighting with the army?

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

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

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

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

9. What are the fleeing slaves representing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the tumultuous context of the Civil War, betrayal and revenge are common occurrences. Discuss the different instances of revenge and betrayal in "The Unvanquished" and how it relates to the book's portrait of humanity.

Essay Topic 2

The Sartoris family's adventures are often portrayed in an exaggerated manner, painting aspects of this Civil War story like a tall tale. Discuss Faulkner's tall-tale style in "The Unvanquished." What spin does this place on events? Effect how you see characters? What is his purpose in doing this?

Essay Topic 3

Through Bayard's childhood perspective, Faulkner's humor, and Bayard's adult perspective, warfare is represented in several different lights: from glorified to demonized and violent to psychological. Discuss how Faulkner interprets warfare in "The Unvanquished", focusing on the various approaches he takes.

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