The Unvanquished: The Corrected Text Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is Ab the best available man in town?

2. Why are the Burdens in Jefferson?

3. What has Granny been doing with much of her earnings from their scheme?

4. Why are the women of Jefferson concerned for Drusilla?

5. What is Louisa's final task in setting Drusilla right?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Granny's motive in stealing and selling mules?

2. Why does Bayard place Grumby on Granny's grave?

3. What is the affect of "Vendee" picking up only days after "Reposte in Tertio"?

4. Who are the victors in "Skirmish at Sartoris"?

5. Why does the Union army burn many plantation houses?

6. What does Bayard mean when he says that the men of Jefferson are enemies to the women?

7. What is the climax of "The Unvanquished"? Why?

8. After the war, is there peace in the south?

9. Why do Bayard and Ringo hold Ab responsible for Granny's death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the title "The Unvanquished" and why it is an appropriate or inappropriate title for the book. What meaning does this word hold for this story?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Through Bayard's childhood perspective, Faulkner's humor, and Bayard's adult perspective, warfare is represented in several different lights: from glorified to demonized and violent to psychological. Discuss how Faulkner interprets warfare in "The Unvanquished", focusing on the various approaches he takes.

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