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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. Granny's wagon is pushed into the river by a "_____" of slaves.

2. Why didn't Sartoris let both McCaslin brothers enlist?

3. Why is Drusilla relieved by the war?

4. When the Union soldiers arrive at Sartoris' house looking for him, he escapes by pretending to be a deaf _______.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the fleeing slaves representing?

7. How does "Raid" paint women?

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

9. Why is the Sartoris family fleeing their town?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Post-war Jefferson, Mississippi is not much less tumulus than during the war. As the North is reforming the people's ways of life, characters like John Sartoris become more extreme in maintaining their way of life. Discuss the extremis move back to tradition in "The Unvanquished": what are characters' motives? What is Faulkner portraying about the nature of the post-war south?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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