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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 is Drusilla's main goal?

2. At the beginning of "Ambuscade," what map is Bayard drawing?

3. Which regiment was Sartoris voted out of?

4. Why is the family hiding their silver?

5. Why does Granny scold Ringo and Bayard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Drusilla become more masculine?

2. After the Union soldiers leave her house, what is Granny most concerned with?

3. Why is the Sartoris family burying their silver?

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

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

6. Why does Granny become relieved at one point when the Union soldiers are searching her house?

7. How does Uncle Buck manage his slaves? Is this unusual?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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