Questions and Answers Section I

Study Questions
1. What hints are given in Section I that “A Rose for Emily” takes place in the South?

2. What is the name of Miss Emily’s manservant?

3. Why does the Board of Aldermen send a delegation to Miss Emily’s house?

4. Whose portrait sits on an easel by Miss Emily’s fireplace, and what material was used to make it?

5. What “color” is Miss Emily’s house?

Answers
1. Faulkner mentions a cemetery where Union and Confederate soldiers who were killed during the Battle of Jefferson are buried; the former mayor of Jefferson, Colonel Sartoris, was the father of an edict prohibiting Negro women from appearing in the street without an apron; and cotton gins have sprung up around Miss Emily’s house.

2. The name of Miss Emily’s manservant, a “combined gardener and cook,” is Tobe.

3. Miss Emily had not been paying taxes for many years, and the new town leaders wanted to rectify the situation.

4. The portrait of Miss Emily's father, made from crayons, is on the easel.

5. Miss Emily’s house is described as “a big squarish frame house that had once been white.…”