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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 doesn't Bayard kill Ab?

2. Why does Bayard set Ab free?

3. What does Aunt Louisa do when she arrives in Jefferson?

4. Who does Sartoris shoot in the town hall?

5. Where do Bayard and Ringo find Granny's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Bayard kill Ab?

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

3. Is Drusilla's relationship with Sartoris suspicious? What problem does this present?

4. Why isn't Ab Snopes enlisted in the army?

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

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

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

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

9. Has the war changed Sartoris? How?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Civil War in "The Unvanquished" represents one shift in American society on a larger scale. An aspect of this is the shift from tradition to progressiveness. This is seen primarily in the battle-of-the-sexes that occurs between the characters. Discuss the ways Faulkner, through details and individual cases, is displaying this pivotal time in the South.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Sartoris family's adventures are often portrayed in an exaggerated manner, painting aspects of this Civil War story like a tall tale. Discuss Faulkner's tall-tale style in "The Unvanquished." What spin does this place on events? Effect how you see characters? What is his purpose in doing this?

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