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. Which of the following crimes is Ike's grandfather guilty of committing?

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

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

4. What does Ike claim has been the curse of the South?

5. Which of the following characters does Ike NOT visit with when he rides through the woods for the last time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Ike and McCaslin learn the dark truth of their family's history on the plantation?

2. Who is Fonsiba, and why does Ike feel the need to track her down?

3. What happens when Ike runs into Boon one last time in the woods?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout his life, Ike undergoes many rites of passage for Southern men, including the rite of passage of owning land. First, describe how Ike comes to own a large section of hunting land. Then, describe Ike's reaction to the news that he is the owner of this land. How does Ike feel that the history of owning land and the history of the South are inextricably intertwined? Do you agree with Ike's assessment of the land? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

When Hipps comes to town with the spotted horses in the story of the same name, the one heckler he meets in the crowd in a man called Ratcliff. First, describe Ratcliff's character. What motivation does Ratcliff have to heckle Hipps when he comes to town? Then, describe what has happened in Ratcliff's history that made the Texan people not take his critique of Hipps seriously. Do you think the townsfolk should have listened to Ratcliff? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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