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Light in August

Light in August


by William Faulkner

Light in August: Many an Obese Person’s New Year’s Resolution Quiz

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Q. Lena is searching for whom?

Tupac, who she’s sure is still out there somewhere
Her youngest daughter
The father of her child
Her brother’s killer
Q. What is the physical characteristic that tips Lena off that she has found who she’s been looking for?

A facial scar
A missing thumb
A forehead tattoo of a bullseye with the words “Over here!” etched above
A limp
A broken nose
Q. Why does the dietician at the orphanage want to get Joe Christmas kicked out?

Because she’s trying to make room for Billy Chanukah
Because he is a bad influence on the other children
Because he finds out a secret that could damage her career
Because his body is deficient in protein and essential vitamins
Because she doesn’t want anyone to discover that she is his mother
Q. How did Joe Christmas get the money to buy a new suit?

By working in Mr. McEachern’s shop
By selling one of Mr. McEachern’s cows
By stealing the money from Mr. McEachern’s safe
By auctioning off Mr. McEachern at the Jefferson Charity Bachelor Auction
Q. What does Joe Christmas do when Miss Burden tries to make him more religious?

He plots her murder
He gives it a chance by agreeing to attend church for a while
He explains that he can’t hear her over the roaring blaze of the Bible he has set on fire
He runs away