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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. Why does Sam believe that Ben will be the new target of Old Ben?
2. Which of the following adjectives best describes Ike's marriage?
3. To whom is the land sold on which the hunting camp stands?
4. How do the convict and the Cajun man communicate?
5. What type of weapon does the Cajun man use while he is hunting?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Ike visit with as he rides through the woods one last time?
2. How does Ike live his life after he decides not to accept his inherited land?
3. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?
4. How does the Cajun man hunt alligators?
5. How is Old Ben killed?
6. How do Ike and McCaslin learn the dark truth of their family's history on the plantation?
7. What is the legend that surrounds Old Ben?
8. What happens in the story when the young boy turns sixteen?
9. What is the history of race-relations between Blacks and Whites in the South, as Ike understands it?
10. Who is Lion, and how does he react the first time he comes face-to-face with Old Ben?
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, "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
The story "Spotted Horses" relies heavily on characteristics of tall-tales common in Southern humor writing. How do you see elements of tall-tales, or stories larger than life, in "Spotted Horses"? Do you think the humor of this type of writing is successful in the story, or does the humor take away from the moral message of the tale? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe helps strengthen your arguments.
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