Faulkner's As I Lay Dying: Summary and Analysis


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In William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, how does Vardaman respond to his mother's death?

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1. 'As I Lay Dying' is written using which of the following Modernist element?

2. In William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, aside from fulfilling Addie's request to be buried there, why is Anse motivated to go to Jefferson town?

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As I Lay Dying is a 20th-century novel by American author William Faulkner. The novel is currently regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Modernist literary movement. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the plot and overall themes of As I Lay Dying. Some things you'll be assessed on include specific plot points, the use of Modernist elements, and character motivations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What happens when the family is fording the river
  • Which character was born from the relationship between Addie and Reverend Whitfield
  • How Vardaman responds to his mother's death
  • Which characteristics of Modernism the novel uses
  • Why Anse is motivated to go to Jefferson

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding As I Lay Dying
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the plot and themes of the novel
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the specific plot points and characters in the novel, and interpret it in relation to the larger themes

Additional Learning

To learn more about this novel, review the accompanying lesson titled Faulkner's As I Lay Dying: Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Modernist literature
  • Writing As I Lay Dying
  • Characters
  • Plot summary