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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 story "The Comforts of Home," what does Thomas ask the sheriff to do?

2. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Foley suspect Tanner and Coleman of doing?

3. In the story "Parker's Back," what draws Parker to the design he plans on having tattooed on his back?

4. In the story "Greenleaf," how does Mrs. May plan on trapping the bull?

5. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Norton often begin crying?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Parker's Back," why doesn't Sarah Ruth want Parker to have the Bible tattooed on his back?

2. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does Dr. Block respond when Asbury tells him he cannot understand his illness?

3. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Tanner say will happen on judgment day?

4. In the story "A View of the Woods," why does Mary Fortune attack her grandfather for beating her but not her father?

5. In the story "Revelation," what is the significance of Mrs. Turpin's vision at the end of the story?

6. In the story "A View of the Woods," how does Mary Fortune react when her father beats her?

7. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Norton commit suicide?

8. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," how is Rufus' view of the night sky different than Sheppard's?

9. In the story "Greenleaf," why does Mrs. May say that O.T. & E.T. should have been her sons?

10. In the story "Judgment Day," how do Tanner's and his daughter's views on burial differ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is that of past vs. present. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about the past and the present;

2) demonstrate how the theme is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on past vs. present is in the novel as a whole.

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

Essay Topic 2

Because "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is a collection of independent short stories there is no one main character in the novel. However, there are some characters that seem to have a stronger presence than others. Select three characters you see as the main characters in the novel and:

1) describe the characters;

2) make an argument for why each is a main character;

3) describe what the novel would be like without these characters.

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

Essay Topic 3

For each story in "Everything That Rises Must Converge" there is a "partner" story in the collection. Select two stories that you believe "fit" together and write an essay:

1) describing each story;

2) demonstrating how the two "fit" together;

3) explain what commentary the author is trying to make through these companion stories.

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

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