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TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 2

_____ 1. During his years at the orphanage, little Joe Christmas had to endure

A. frequent beatings
B. racial slurs
C. stern religious instruction

_____ 2. During his years with the McEacherns, Joe Christmas had to endure

I. frequent beatings
II. racial slurs
III. stern religious instruction

A. II and III only
B. I and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 3. Gail Hightower wanted to live in Jefferson because

A. his grandfather died there
B. the church elders seem to favor this choice
C. his wife wanted to move there


_____ 4. Faulkner narrates Light in August from the point of view of

A. Joe Christmas
B. Gail Hightower
C. many different characters

_____ 5. Lena Grove is at peace with

I. nature
II. most people she meets
III. herself

A. I and II only
B. II and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 6. If you wanted to argue that Faulkner showed some sympathy for religious commitment, you would point to

A. Simon McEachern
B. Eupheus Hines
C. Gail Hightower's father

_____ 7. Faulkner portrays Percy Grimm as a

I. patriot
II. frustrated loner
III. racist

A. I and III only
B. II and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 8. Characters torn by internal conflicts include

I. Lena Grove
II. Joe Christmas
III. Gail Hightower

A. I and II only
B. II and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 9. Characters at odds with the city of Jefferson include

I. Joanna Burden
II. Gail Hightower
III. Gavin Stephens

A. I and II only
B. I and III only
C. I, II, and III

_____ 10. The character that most changes Byron Bunch's life is

A. Gail Hightower
B. Lena Grove
C. Joe Christmas

11. Which character is more admirable, Byron Bunch or Gail Hightower? Why?

12. Does Faulkner see the Southern past as glorious or burdensome or both? Explain.

13. Discuss whether Light in August is an optimistic or a pessimistic novel.

14. Contrast Lena Grove and Joanna Burden, and evaluate Faulkner's portrayal of women in this novel.

15. Contrast Lena Grove and Joe Christmas.

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