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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. Which of the following characters does Ike NOT visit with when he rides through the woods for the last time?
2. What plans does the tall convict make with his lover, once he is released from prison?
3. When Ike hears that the woods have been sold, what does he have the urge to do one last time before he moves away?
4. How many of Old Ben's feet have been mangled by traps set by the hunters?
5. How does the young boy feel about Boon?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ike live his life after he decides not to accept his inherited land?
2. What is the reaction from the government when the tall convict turns himself in?
3. How does the Cajun man hunt alligators?
4. Why must the convict and Cajun man eventually part ways?
5. What is the history of race-relations between Blacks and Whites in the South, as Ike understands it?
6. Who is Ash?
7. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?
8. What type of relationship do Boon and Ike have?
9. How did Ash attempt to outshine Ike as children, and what was the result of his attempt?
10. What is the reaction from the townsfolk when news spreads that both Old Ben and Sam are dead?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The story "The Bear" is a coming-of-age story about a boy growing up physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Which of these three themes do you think is most present in the boy's story? Choose one of these maturities and create a time line for its growth. What message do you think Faulkner is sending to his audience about maturity? What lessons do you think the young boy learned throughout his coming-of-age? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In the novels, "The Bear" and "The Old Man", Faulkner chooses to employ protagonists that are sparsely described, even ambiguous in character. Choose one of the ambiguously described characters from this collection and describe what the reader knows about the character from the text. Then, argue whether or not the vague description of the character is effective and why. What message do you think Faulkner is sending to the audience through his sparse use of detail? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
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