“A Rose for Emily” Study Guide
- remit – pardon
- mote – speck
- gilt – gold-edged
- pallid – pale
- hue – color/shade
- temerity – courage
- teeming – swarming
- diffident – shy
- deprecation – derogatory (belittle)
- tableau – scene
- cabal – secret intrigue
- impervious – not able to pass through
- acrid – bitter
- thwart – to keep from happening; to stand
in the way
- august – magnificent; inspiring awe
- cuckold – husband of an adulterous wife
Identify each of the
- Emily Grierson
- Colonel Sartoris
- Judge Stevens
- Homer Barron
- What metaphor is used to describe Miss
Emily in the first paragraph?
- How is the house personified in the
- What had Colonel Sartoris done for Miss
Emily in 1894?
- What did the next generation of town
leaders do on the first of the year?
- How does Faulkner describe Miss Emily in
the sixth paragraph?
- At the beginning of Part II, how long had
Miss Emily’s father been dead?
- What are the neighbors complaining
about? What does Judge Stevens say
probably has caused it?
- What did Miss Emily tell her visitors the
day after her father’s death?
- Why did the townspeople not think she was
crazy for this?
- Who began to date Miss Emily in Part
III? Why was he in town?
- What did the townspeople think of Miss
Emily and her new boyfriend?
- Miss Emily is thirty at this time and
holds her head high in spite of the rumors she must be aware of. How does she show she has kept her
dignity (thinking she is better than the other townspeople) when
she visits the druggist?
- In Part IV, who do some of the ladies go
to see about Miss Emily’s situation?
- What does Miss Emily do that makes the
townspeople think that she and her boyfriend have wed?
- Why do the townspeople believe her
boyfriend/husband has left?
- When was the last time the townspeople
saw the boyfriend/husband?
- Why had the men sprinkled the lime around
her house in Part II?
- When Miss Emily was about forty, what had
she done to earn money?
- In Part V, who returns to hold Miss Emily’s
- There is a room upstairs that no one has
seen for forty years. After Miss
Emily’s funeral, the door to it is broken down. What do the townspeople find there?
- What is noticed about the second pillow
on the bed in the last paragraph?
- What had happened to Homer Barron?