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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 were the slave woman and her baby left behind?

2. Why can't Sartoris stay with his mother-in-law?

3. Why do Ringo and Bayard spy on Loosh?

4. What is Rosa Miller's relation to Sartoris?

5. How does Colonel Dick compensate Granny?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Drusilla become more masculine?

2. Has the war changed Sartoris? How?

3. Does Bayard still desire to be like his father? How?

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

5. How have roles been reversed or changed in "Raid"?

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

7. Do the old social rules of women and men in the south still apply in "The Unvanquished"? Why or why not?

8. Is Aunt Louisa's confrontation of Drusilla's masculinity humorous banter? Why or why not?

9. Does Bayard feel guilty about Granny's death? Should he?

10. How does Bayard feel about killing Grumby? Why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Aside from our protagonists, Faulkner utilizes several secondary characters. These characters represent alternate avenues to issues (Aunt Louisa to femininity, and Uncle Buck to slavery). Discuss the use of secondary characters in "The Unvanquished": what are they meant to represent? How do they round out the narrative? How do they aid to Faulkner's larger message with the book?

Essay Topic 2

Race is a significant and theme of "The Unvanquished": slaves are not all treated equally by characters and each character has a different agenda. Discuss the nature of race in the book and how the various dimensions are developed and the role they play.

Essay Topic 3

Stemming from the chaotic nature of the war, the maturing of two of the protagonists (Bayard and Ringo), and the uprooted nature of the Sartoris family, characters are forced to take on others' roles. Discuss how these role reversals take place and how they prove as pivotal to the narrative.

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