The American Tradition, Grade 11
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Unit 3 The American Revolution
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Unit 5 Slavery and the Civil War
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The American Tradition, Grade 11 : Unit 7 The Modern Era : Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech and Darl / William Faulkner : Test Practice

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech and Darl / William Faulkner

Test Practice

Identify an Author’s Purpose

With your partner, discuss how to answer these questions about the author’s purpose.

What point summarizes Faulkner’s message to writers?
a. Tell the truth, even if the truth lacks hope
b. Help the human spirit prevail by writing of endurance
c. Be entertaining, even in light of troubling world events
d. Create something that had not previously existed


What is the correct answer to the question above? How did the information you gathered while reading help you eliminate the incorrect answers?

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