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. How are Ike and McCaslin related?

2. What language does the Cajun man who lives in the small hut speak?

3. What was the name of Carothers' favorite slave with whom he fathered a child?

4. How many years does the governor decide to add to the tall convict's sentence for attempted escape?

5. Whose job is it to bury the body of Old Ben?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ike claim is the curse that has landed in the South?

2. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?

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

4. What type of relationship do Boon and Ike have?

5. How is Old Ben killed?

6. Who finally sells the land on which the hunting camp once stood?

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

8. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?

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

10. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when news spreads that both Old Ben and Sam are dead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "Spotted Horses", money becomes a central theme to understanding the relationships in the town. Henry Armstid's money cycles into many characters' hands. First, explain the chain of hand-offs of Henry Armstid's money. Why did the money change hands so many times? Then, explain where the money ended up at the close of the story. Finally, explain what financial state the Armstid family was in at the end of the story and why this state is significant to understanding the message of "Spotted Horses".

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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