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. Who does Ike believe is the rightful owner of the hunting land that he lives on with McCaslin?

2. How old must the young boy be before he will be allowed to go hunting with the men?

3. What governmental rank does the man have whom the tall convict finally turns himself into?

4. What is the young boy's real name?

5. While walking along the water, the convict finds a small hut raised up on what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How old is the young boy at the opening of the story, "The Bear", and what is he waiting to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the story of the "Spotted Horses" is about trust. First, describe the trust the farmers of Texas have for the entrepreneur that comes into their town. Then, describe whether or not the entrepreneur deserved the trust of the farmers. Be sure to give at least two examples from the text that you believe strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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