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The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

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1. Which of the Compson children is the eldest?

2. Dilsey is the Compsons’:

3. What plaything of Benjy’s does Jason destroy?

4. Faulkner’s fictional locales of Yoknapatawpha County and Jefferson are supposedly in which state?

5. How does Luster hope to earn back the money he has lost?

6. What item does Quentin break before he leaves his dorm room?

7. As children, what do Caddy and Benjy frequently deliver to the Pattersons’ house?

8. Which piece of Caddy’s clothing gets muddy when she is playing in the stream?

9. What does Luster plan to do with his money before he loses it?

10. Where does Quentin encounter the little Italian girl?

11. What does Quentin suggest Caddy and he do?

12. What was Faulkner’s source for the title of The Sound and the Fury?

13. How does Quentin commit suicide?

14. Where does Jason work?

15. What color is the tie that Miss Quentin’s suitor is wearing when Jason sees him?

16. What does Jason do with his two tickets to the minstrel show?

17. Why does Benjy get upset on the way to the cemetery?

18. The novel’s climactic events in 1928 take place on what Christian holiday?

19. Mrs. Compson has poor:

20. Jason uses the money he steals from Caddy to invest in the market for what commodity?

21. Miss Quentin steals Jason’s:

22. Benjy undergoes which operation?

23. How does the sheriff react to Jason’s story about Miss Quentin’s theft?

24. At Caddy’s wedding, the beverage T.P. thinks is “sassprilluh” is really what?

25. One of Faulkner’s major themes is the decline of Southern

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by wendyperson, October 26, 2013

What are the ages (birth years) of Caddy, Jason, Quentin. I know Benjy is 3 in 1898 and the youngest of the children but would like to know others. Is birth order: Jason, Quentin, Caddy, Benjy?

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by EastN, December 13, 2013

I'm fairly certain Quentin is the oldest. The oldest son at least.

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by JRuiz17, May 17, 2014

I believe Caddy is the oldest, followed by Quentin, Jason and Benji. In 1910, Quentin is a freshman at Harvard. That would make him six in 1898, and probably make Caddy around eight. I'd say Jason is around four or five in 1898, making him 34-35 in 1928 (Benjy's 33rd birthday). It's obvious that the four of them are fairly close in age, all born between 1889-1895.

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