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 is the only thing the young boy brings with him when he goes out, for the second time alone, in search of Old Ben?

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

3. What is Boon's last name?

4. Why does Sam believe that Ben will be the new target of Old Ben?

5. Why does the tall convict consider escaping prison for the first time in his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Ash?

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

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

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

6. How is Old Ben killed?

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

8. Why must the convict and Cajun man eventually part ways?

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 2

In the story, "The Bear", the land itself holds great significance to many of the characters in the story. Choose one character from the story and describe their relationship with the land. Where did this character learn their relationship to/with the land? How does their relationship with the land affect this character's actions and motivations throughout the story? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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