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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 does Bayard kill Grumby?
2. Why does Granny agree to do business with Grumby?
3. Why does Granny go to see Grumby alone?
4. In the scheme, Bayard and Granny are responsible for what?
5. How is Ab when Bayard, Ringo and Buck find him?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is the most effective weapon against the Union army? How so?
2. How does Bayard feel about killing Grumby? Why?
3. Does Bayard feel guilty about Granny's death? Should he?
4. What is the affect of "Vendee" picking up only days after "Reposte in Tertio"?
5. What is the purpose of the rainy weather in "Vendee"?
6. Why do Bayard and Ringo hold Ab responsible for Granny's death?
7. Why isn't Ab Snopes enlisted in the army?
8. How does Granny represent the title of the novel?
9. Do the old social rules of women and men in the south still apply in "The Unvanquished"? Why or why not?
10. What was Granny's motive in stealing and selling mules?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the big picture Faulkner is portraying through "The Unvanquished." Is he depicting the shortsighted picture or the long-term view of the war? What about the Civil War does Faulkner want to portray?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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