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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Sheppard invite Rufus to live with he and Norton?

2. In the story "Greenleaf," what bothers Mrs. May about Mrs. Greenleaf?

3. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," where did Sheppard meet Rufus Johnson?

4. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Sheppard think Rufus refused the shoe he had made for him?

5. In the story "Revelation," which of the following is not a compliment the farm workers give Mrs. Turpin?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what does Thomas' mother do to help Star?

2. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Fortune notice about the woods in front of the Pitts' home on the night before he sells the lot?

3. Describe the black woman who sits next to Julian on the bus in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

4. In the story "Parker's Back," how does Parker change as the result of his tattoo of Jesus?

5. Describe the character of Pitts in the story "A View of the Woods."

6. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what draws Sheppard to Rufus Johnson?

7. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Rufus eat a page of the Bible?

8. In the story "Judgment Day," what is the only time that Tanner has "feelings of warmth" for his daughter?

9. In the story "Revelation," why does Mrs. Turpin continue to repeat the phrase "there's a heap of things worse than a nigger"?

10. Describe Mary Fortune's appearance in the story "A View of the Woods."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the recurrent topics in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is family. Select three of the stories dealing with this topic and:

1) explain what the story says about family;

2) demonstrate how the concept of family is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on family is in the novel as a whole. Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Several of the stories in this collection offer a commentary on charity. Select three of the stories in which this commentary is developed and:

1) explain what the stories say about charity;

2) demonstrate how the author develops this commentary in the story;

3) respond to the author's commentary--do you agree or disagree with her? Why?

Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Violence figures heavily into some of the stories in the collection. Choose two of the stories that include strong examples of violence and:

1) explain how violence is portrayed in the story;

2) describe the impact violence has in the story;

3) explain what you think the author is trying to say about violence through this story.

Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

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