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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. Why does Granny read recipes to Ringo and Bayard?

2. Why is Granny unable to pull herself out of the river?

3. Why is Ringo not concerned about leaving Granny alone?

4. What does Drusilla tell Granny the Union troops are not letting the slaves do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does "Raid" paint women?

5. Why is the Sartoris family fleeing their town?

6. Why has Drusilla become more masculine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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