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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Aunt Louisa feel about Drusilla going to war?

2. What has changed since the boys went looking for Grumby and Ab?

3. Drusilla complains: "I went to war to hunt Yankees, not hunting ______."

4. How does Granny respond to the soldier's accusations about her scheme?

5. What first begins to concern Bayard about Ab's genuineness?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Matriarchs and patriarchs in "The Unvanquished" are the clearest embodiments of the themes of the book. Discuss the role that the matriarchs and patriarchs play in the narrative, message, and themes.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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