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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 is Old Ben?

2. Who does the dog, Lion, belong to?

3. How do Ike and McCaslin feel when they are reading the ledgers from the old plantation their family used to own?

4. How do the convict and the Cajun man communicate?

5. At the time when most Americans settled their land, from where did they transport most of their slaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Ash?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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", 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 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

Halfway through the story, "The Bear", Faulkner completely changes his use of grammar and punctuation. First, describe the narrative style Faulkner employs in the first half of the novel and compare / contrast that to the narrative style he employs in the second half of the novel. What prompts the change in Faulkner's writing style halfway through the novel? What is accomplished by this change is style? What is lost? In the end, do you think the change in narrative style was effective, or successful? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

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