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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. Where are hunting dogs kept while they are being broken in training?
2. How do the convict and the Cajun man communicate?
3. How long does Sam cling to life before he finally dies?
4. How does Ike come to own the large chunk of hunting land he lives on with McCaslin?
5. What was the name of Carothers' favorite slave with whom he fathered a child?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?
2. Why must the convict and Cajun man eventually part ways?
3. What is the reaction from the government when the tall convict turns himself in?
4. How do the hunters learn that Old Ben is not an indestructible force of nature?
5. How does the convict spend his time during the week he lives with the Cajun man?
6. What do the hunters do to pass the time when they are bored on their hunting trips?
7. What casualties are incurred while Old Ben is fighting for his life in the moments before his death?
8. Who or what kills Major de Spain's colt?
9. What crime does Ike accuse his grandfather or committing, and what proof does he have of this crime?
10. Who finally sells the land on which the hunting camp once stood?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the story "Spotted Horses", there are three different types of con men introduced to the reader: the sewing machine agent, Flem Snopes, and Hipps. First, describe why each of these three characters could be considered a conman. Then, describe which of these three characters should be considered the most dangerous type of conman and explain what the outcome of their cons were on the small Mississippi town. Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The moral of the story of "The Bear" has much to do with race relations in the South. First, describe the way that Ike learns his family history of race relations in the South. What is his reaction to this personal history? Then, explain how the bear, Old Ben, is used a symbol to represent race relations in the South. Do you think the bear is an appropriate symbol for this theme? Why or why not? As a reader, how does the symbol of the bear give you a better, deeper understanding of race relations in the South? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you think help strengthen your arguments.
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