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. How does Buck receive the story of Bayard and Ringo's journey?

2. How is Ab when Bayard, Ringo and Buck find him?

3. Ringo believes: "The war ain't over. It just _____ good.

4. Why does Bayard set Ab free?

5. What does the gossip about Drusilla develop to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Bayard kill Ab?

2. Are Drusilla and Sartoris' efforts admirable? Why or why not?

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

4. Does John Sartoris want to marry Drusilla? Why or why not?

5. How does Granny represent the title of the novel?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Post-war Jefferson, Mississippi is not much less tumulus than during the war. As the North is reforming the people's ways of life, characters like John Sartoris become more extreme in maintaining their way of life. Discuss the extremis move back to tradition in "The Unvanquished": what are characters' motives? What is Faulkner portraying about the nature of the post-war south?

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

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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