The Life And Novels Of William Faulkner

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The Life And Novels Of William Faulkner - Quiz

This quiz is designed to test your basic knowledge of William Faulkner and his works.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Where was William Faulkner born?

    • A.

      Tennessee

    • B.

      Mississippi

    • C.

      Georgia

    • D.

      Kentucky

    Correct Answer
    B. Mississippi
    Explanation
    William Faulkner was born in Mississippi.

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  • 2. 

    What types of works did William Faulkner write?

    • A.

      Novels

    • B.

      Screenplays

    • C.

      Short stories

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    William Faulkner wrote novels, screenplays, and short stories. This means that he was a versatile writer who engaged in various forms of literary expression. His works include acclaimed novels such as "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I Lay Dying," as well as numerous short stories like "A Rose for Emily" and "Barn Burning." Faulkner's ability to excel in different genres showcases his talent and creativity as a writer.

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  • 3. 

    In what year did William Faulkner win the Nobel Prize?

    • A.

      1937

    • B.

      1928

    • C.

      1949

    • D.

      1931

    Correct Answer
    C. 1949
    Explanation
    William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize in 1949. This recognition was awarded to him for his powerful and influential contribution to American literature. Faulkner's works, such as "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I Lay Dying," showcased his unique narrative style and exploration of complex themes like race, history, and the human condition. The Nobel Prize solidified Faulkner's status as one of the most significant and celebrated writers of the 20th century.

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  • 4. 

    How many novels does Faulkner have on the 100 Best English-language novels of the 20th century list?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      6

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      2

    Correct Answer
    C. 3
    Explanation
    Faulkner has three novels on the 100 Best English-language novels of the 20th century list.

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  • 5. 

    William Faulkner's last name wasn't always Faulkner.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    William Faulkner's last name wasn't always Faulkner, which means that the statement is true. This suggests that William Faulkner was born with a different last name and later changed it to Faulkner. The statement implies that Faulkner's last name underwent a change at some point in his life.

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  • 6. 

    Faulkner was denied entrance into the United States Army.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Faulkner being denied entrance into the United States Army means that he was not accepted or allowed to join the army. This suggests that the statement "Faulkner was denied entrance into the United States Army" is true.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following colleges was attended by Faulkner?

    • A.

      University of Mississippi

    • B.

      University of Tennessee

    • C.

      University of Southern California

    • D.

      University of Miami

    Correct Answer
    A. University of Mississippi
    Explanation
    Faulkner attended the University of Mississippi.

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  • 8. 

    Faulkner dropped out of college before recieving his degree.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement indicates that Faulkner dropped out of college before receiving his degree. This implies that he did not complete his college education and did not obtain a degree. Therefore, the correct answer is "True."

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  • 9. 

    When Faulkner first moved to California he was planning on writing which of the following?

    • A.

      Novels

    • B.

      Short Stories

    • C.

      Screen plays

    • D.

      Poetry

    Correct Answer
    C. Screen plays
    Explanation
    When Faulkner first moved to California, he had plans to write screenplays. This suggests that he was interested in exploring the world of film and using his writing skills to create stories for the screen. Screenplays are specifically written for movies or television, and Faulkner's intention to write them indicates his desire to work in the film industry during his time in California.

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  • 10. 

    Although faced with temptation throughout the war, Faulkner remained sober through the entirety of his life.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Faulkner's sobriety throughout his life is not supported by the given statement. The statement only mentions that Faulkner remained sober during the war, but it does not provide any information about his sobriety outside of that period. Therefore, the statement cannot be assumed to be true for his entire life, making the correct answer false.

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  • 11. 

    ________________ was the fictional county that Faulkner made up based on his childhood home.

    Correct Answer
    Yoknapatawpha County , Yoknapatawpha
    Explanation
    Yoknapatawpha County is the correct answer because it is the fictional county created by Faulkner, inspired by his childhood home. This county serves as the setting for many of Faulkner's works and is a significant element in his storytelling. By inventing Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner was able to draw upon his personal experiences and memories, giving his stories a sense of authenticity and familiarity.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following was not written by Faulkner?

    • A.

      The Sound and the Fury

    • B.

      As I Lay Dying

    • C.

      Common Sense

    • D.

      Light in August

    Correct Answer
    C. Common Sense
    Explanation
    Common Sense was not written by Faulkner. The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August are all novels written by William Faulkner. However, Common Sense is not a work of fiction by Faulkner. It is actually a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1776, advocating for American independence from Britain.

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  • 13. 

    Faulkner wrote the majority of works on a farm in ________________.

    Correct Answer
    Oxford, Mississippi
    Explanation
    Faulkner wrote the majority of his works on a farm in Oxford, Mississippi. This location is significant because Faulkner was born and raised in Mississippi, and he drew inspiration from the rural landscapes and Southern culture of the region. The farm setting provided Faulkner with a quiet and secluded environment where he could focus on his writing. Additionally, the natural beauty and unique atmosphere of Oxford, Mississippi likely influenced the themes and settings of Faulkner's works, which often explored the complexities of Southern society and the human condition.

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  • 14. 

    The theme of his stories is the decay of the old South.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement is true because the theme of the author's stories is the decay of the old South. This implies that the author's stories revolve around the decline or deterioration of the traditional values, customs, and way of life in the southern region. The author may explore various aspects such as social changes, economic decline, racial tensions, or the loss of traditional values in their stories. Overall, the theme of the decay of the old South is a recurring motif in the author's works.

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  • 15. 

    In additition to the Nobel Prize Faulkner also won the _______ ________ award.

    Correct Answer
    National Book Award , Pulitzer Prize
  • 16. 

    Faulkner wrote not only for movies, but also for television shows.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that Faulkner was involved in both movie and television show writing. It indicates that he didn't limit himself to just one medium and had experience in both. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following films was not written by Faulkner or based off of one of his works?

    • A.

      The Big Sleep

    • B.

      The Long Hot Summer

    • C.

      Big Fish

    • D.

      To Have and Have Not

    Correct Answer
    C. Big Fish
    Explanation
    Big Fish is the correct answer because it was not written by Faulkner nor based on one of his works. While The Big Sleep, The Long Hot Summer, and To Have and Have Not are all either written by Faulkner or based on his works, Big Fish does not have any connection to Faulkner.

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  • 18. 

    "A _____________ can live through anything," was one of Faulkner's famous quotes.

    Correct Answer
    gentleman
    Explanation
    Faulkner's quote suggests that a gentleman possesses resilience and can endure any hardship or challenge that comes their way. This implies that a gentleman is not easily defeated or discouraged, but rather has the strength and character to persevere in any situation.

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  • 19. 

    There is a Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference being held in July of 2012.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement indicates that there is a Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference scheduled for July 2012. This implies that the conference is indeed happening, making the answer "True" correct.

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  • 20. 

    Topics of the Fifty Years after Faulkner celebration will include all of the following except?

    • A.

      Reassessments of Faulkner's later writings

    • B.

      The civil rights movement

    • C.

      Faulkner's effects on Tennessee

    • D.

      Faulkner's relationship to the Cold War

    Correct Answer
    C. Faulkner's effects on Tennessee
    Explanation
    The question asks for an exception among the given topics for the Fifty Years after Faulkner celebration. The correct answer, "Faulkner's effects on Tennessee," does not fit because it is not mentioned as one of the topics for the celebration. The other three options, reassessments of Faulkner's later writings, the civil rights movement, and Faulkner's relationship to the Cold War, are all mentioned as topics for the celebration. Therefore, "Faulkner's effects on Tennessee" is the exception.

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