A Rose for Emily Questions and Answers
What are the exposition, climax, rising action, falling action, and resolution of "A Rose for Emily"?
In "A Rose for Emily," what does the following quote mean, and what is its significance?: "When her father died, it got about that the house was all that was...all that was left to her, in a way, people were glad. At last they could pity Miss Emily. Being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized. Now she too would know the old thrill and the old despair of a penny more or less."
In "A Rose for Emily," why didn't Miss Emily want to pay her taxes and get house numbers? Why did she kill Homer?
Citing specific evidence and utilizing quotes from the text, identify three clues from the story that suggest what Emily might be hiding upstairs in "A Rose for Emily."
Why did they wait until after the funeral to open the closed room in "A Rose for Emily," and how is this "delay" consistent with the world of this story?
In Faulkner’s "A Rose for Emily,"is there evidence that the townspeople knew what had happened with Emily and Homer prior to the shocking reveal after Emily's death?
What are some examples of Feminist Criticism in "A Rose for Emily" with evidence from the text to support them?
What is the effect of the final paragraph of "A Rose for Emily"? Although Faulkner does provide clues throughout the piece that something is not quite right with Miss Emily, he intentionally does not fully "prepare" the reader for the ending. Is the lack of preparation created by the use of a first-person plural pronoun?
What had Miss Emily intended the room upstairs to be in William Faulkner's story "A Rose for Emily"?
Contrast the order of events as they happen in "A Rose for Emily" with the order in which they are told in the story, and discuss what impact the plot order has on the meaning of the story and the reader's understanding of the story.
How much responsibility, if any, do you think the community bears for Miss Emily’s crime in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"?
What is the conflict in "A Rose for Emily"? If Miss Emily is the protagonist, who is the antagonist?
How does the description of setting reveal the changing economic and social conditions in Miss Emily's town in "A Rose for Emily"?
Why does the narrator mention "no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron" in "A Rose for Emily"? As the narrator is telling the story of how Emily's taxes were remitted, he remarks that Colonel Sartoris is the father of an edict declaring that "No Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron." Why do you think the narrator mentions this law? What does this remark tell us about Colonel Sartoris and the narrator?
What foreshadowing of the discovery of the body of Homer Baron are we given earlier in the story? Share your experience in reading "A Rose for Emily": did the foreshadowing give away the ending for you? Did it heighten your interest?
Discuss how Faulkner's treatment of the North and the South contributes to the meaning of the story "A Rose for Emily"?
In "A Rose for Emily," explain "lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps an eye sore among eyesores."
How does Faulkner use the physical descriptions of Miss Emily, her conflict with the townspeople, and the revelation of the story's final paragraph to characterize his protagonist in "A Rose for Emily?"
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