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. What type of animal does the Cajun man like to hunt?

2. What does Ike do for a living now that he has turned down his inheritance?

3. Where does Lion sleep at night?

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

5. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when they hear the news that Old Ben is dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do the convict and the refugee stay when they leave the Red Cross boat?

2. How does Ike live his life after he decides not to accept his inherited land?

3. How do Ike and McCaslin learn the dark truth of their family's history on the plantation?

4. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?

5. How does the convict spend his time during the week he lives with the Cajun man?

6. How does Ike respond when he learns that he has inherited a large chunk of land from his father's will?

7. How did Ash attempt to outshine Ike as children, and what was the result of his attempt?

8. What happens when Ike runs into Boon one last time in the woods?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many critics argue that "Spotted Horses" is a story written as a critique of the marketing world, claiming that Hipps, essentially, dupes the farmers into buying what they do not need. How might this story be a critique of capitalism in society? Write a short response explaining whether or not you support this argument from the critics. Be sure to give at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

In the opening of "The Old Man", the readers meet two convicts that are serving time for various crimes. First, describe the crimes of the fat convict and compare / contrast those crimes with the crimes of the tall convict. What is the same about their crimes? What is different? Then, explain why each of these men is actually in prison and what their reactions to their sentences are. What message do you think Faulkner is sending his readers about guilt and punishment through the example of these two convicts?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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