Three Famous Short Novels 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. Under what type of tree is Boon sitting when Ike falls upon him?

2. According to Ike, which region's notions have come to dominate America as a whole?

3. Which of the following characters does Ike NOT visit with when he rides through the woods for the last time?

4. What is Boon doing under the tree when Ike falls upon him?

5. Why must the Cajun man and the convict move on from the small hut near the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens in the story when the young boy turns sixteen?

2. Who or what kills Major de Spain's colt?

3. According to Sam, what mistake does the young boy make when he goes out into the woods in search of Old Ben on his own?

4. What do the hunters do to pass the time when they are bored on their hunting trips?

5. What crime does Ike accuse his grandfather or committing, and what proof does he have of this crime?

6. What is the reaction from the government when the tall convict turns himself in?

7. Who is Lion, and how does he react the first time he comes face-to-face with Old Ben?

8. What is the history of race-relations between Blacks and Whites in the South, as Ike understands it?

9. What happens when the convict meets the woman of his dreams at a refugee camp?

10. What casualties are incurred while Old Ben is fighting for his life in the moments before his death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, "The Old Man", Faulkner continues to hint at what he believes to be the dehumanization of men in prison. Choose two examples from the text that you believe best exemplify the dehumanization of prisoners. How does Faulkner use the examples of the two convicts as a way to explore this dehumanization? Finally, do you think Faulkner's message of dehumanization could effect change in current prisons today? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

In the story "Spotted Horses", the escaped wild horses run rampant in the town, creating much damage for the already struggling Mississippi families. First, explain how the horses managed to escape from their pens and then list the damages created by their stampede. Which family do you think came out with the worst damages after the stampede? How can you tell? Finally, explain how the damaged family managed to right their lives again (if they did) and what effect the horse stampede had on this family's relationship with the town.

Essay Topic 3

In both of the stories, "The Old Man" and "Spotted Horses", the stories explore the role the law plays in the common folks' lives. First, explain what role the law (police) plays in the lives of the characters in "Spotted Horses" and compare / contrast that to the role the law plays in the story "The Old Man". Then, choose one character whose life you think was bettered by the intrusion of the law in their problems and compare / contrast that to one character whose life you think was ruined by the law interfering with their problems. At the end of the day, what message do you think Faulkner is trying to send his readers about the intrusion of the law in our everyday lives?

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