A Rose for Emily Comprehension

What hints are given in Section l that “A Rose for Emily” takes place in the South?
derogatory racist terms
What is the name of Miss Emily’s manservant?
Tobe
Why does the Board of Aldermen send delegation to Miss Emily’s house?
to collect her taxes
Whose portrait sits on an easel by Miss Emily’s fireplace, and what material was used to make it?
Miss Emily’s father and tarnished gilt
What “color” is Miss Emily’s house?
faded white
Why doesn’t Judge Stevens want to confront Miss Emily about “the smell”?
Southern gentility (considered impolite)
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What did Miss Emily inherit from her father?
the house
What was the minister and the doctor trying to convince Miss Emily of doing after her father’s death?
to dispose her father’s body
How many years pass between “the smell” in Section ll and the deputation in Section l that visits Emily about her taxes?
32 years
What do the town members finally do about “the smell”?
put limestone around and in her house
What does the term “noblesse oblige” mean?
the obligation the nobility maintains for their society status
What events cause some of the townspeople to say “Poor Emily”?
1.) Spinster (never married)
2.) Pauper
3.) Lover is homosexual
Why is Homer Barron in town?
He was performing construction in town (paving sidewalks)
What does Miss Emily purchase from the druggist?
arsenic
What does Miss Emily tell the druggist the poison is to be used for?
Miss Emily never told the druggist what the poison was to be used for.
Why did the Baptist minister call on Miss Emily?
The women pestered him to convince Emily to not marry Homer Barron.
What did Miss Emily buy from the town jeweler?
men toilet set in silver with the letters H.B. engraved
About how many years pass between the time of Homer Barron’s disappearance and Miss Emily’s death?
40 years
What change took place in Miss Emily’s relationship with the town for a period of several years when Miss Emily was in her forties?
She taught china painting lessons
Were the new generation of town leaders able to collect taxes from Miss Emily?
No
What happens to Tobe after Miss Emily’s death?
He is never seen again because he runs out the back door when the ladies enter in the front door.
What are the older men wearing at Miss Emily’s funeral?
Confederate uniforms
Which room do the townspeople open once Miss Emily is “decently in the ground…”?
the upstairs sealed off room
What kinds of objects are found in the room once it is opened?
Bridal set, Groom set, men toilet set, and a dead body
What is found on the pillow next to the skeleton?
A strand of Emily’s iron-gray hair