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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 happened at Vicksburg?

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

3. Why is Drusilla relieved by the war?

4. Drusilla compares the fighting Confederates and Union on the railroad to ______.

5. When the Union ambushes Granny, Ringo and Bayard, Granny fights them off with _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How empathetic is the Union army in "Raid"?

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

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

7. Is Ringo more than a slave boy? How is he an equal or still inferior?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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