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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. Bayard remarks that, between he and Ringo, skin color and smarts didn't count anymore. What does count, in his eyes?

2. Where do Granny and Bayard end up living?

3. How does Buck decide which slaves he sets free?

4. Drusilla views her new life as _______.

5. How do members of regiments expel their colonel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the fleeing slaves representing?

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

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

6. Why is Granny particularly paranoid about the chest of silver in "Retreat"?

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

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

9. Is the war being waged violent in Mississippi in "Retreat"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loyalty becomes a dilemma in "The Unvanquished": Colonel Dick helps Confederates and slaves betray their masters. Discuss the nature of loyalty portrayed in "The Unvanquished": what is Faulkner's portrait of its nature?

Essay Topic 2

Drusilla, after losing her husband and fiancé to the war, begins to show her true nature: without the traditional constraints of Southern society, she is masculine and adventurous. Drusilla portrays progressiveness, while Aunt Louisa portrays stringent Southern tradition. Discuss how Faulkner addresses humanity and the shift in the post-Civil War South through his use of his female characters.

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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