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. What is Grumby's group called?

2. Why does Bayard kill Grumby?

3. How does Louisa respond to Drusilla's return home?

4. How does Granny try to ensure not being caught by the Union in her scheme?

5. What does Bayard see in Ab's eyes when he talks to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Bayard kill Ab?

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

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

4. How do Bayard and Grumby approach killing differently?

5. How does Bayard feel about killing Grumby? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loyalty becomes a dilemma in "The Unvanquished": Colonel Dick helps Confederates and slaves betray their masters. Discuss the nature of loyalty portrayed in "The Unvanquished": what is Faulkner's portrait of its nature?

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

Faulkner's serious story is full of humor and irony. Discuss how Faulkner uses humor, how his writing style affects these moments, their purpose, and affect.

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