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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 not go into Norton's room after talking with Rufus about whether or not he was at the movies with his son?

2. In the story "The Enduring Chill," where does Asbury do research for the play he is writing?

3. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," what impresses Julian's mother about the neighborhood she lives in?

4. In the story "Greenleaf," why does Mrs. May go to the Greenleaf boys' farm?

5. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why do the police first bring Rufus to Sheppard's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Star's fictitious background in the story "The Comforts of Home."

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what does Norton do when looking through the telescope alone at night?

3. In the story "A View of the Woods," what angers Mary Fortune about her grandfather's plan to sell a lot of his land?

4. Describe the tractor accident in the story "Parker's Back."

5. At the end of the story "The Comforts of Home," what does the sheriff surmise actually happened to Thomas' mother?

6. Describe the "communion" that Asbury, Randall and Morgan take in the story "The Enduring Chill."

7. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," why is Julian so disgusted with his mother?

8. In the story "The Enduring Chill." what attracts Asbury to the Roman Catholic church?

9. In the story "Greenleaf," how does Mrs. May discover Mrs. Greenleaf's faith healing practice?

10. Describe Mrs. Greenleaf's process for faith-healing in the story "Greenleaf."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Imagine if one of the stories in this collection was missing from it. Choose one of the stories and "remove" it from the collection. Write an essay:

1) explaining the role that the story plays in the collection;

2) describing how the collection would be different without the story;

3) comment on the quality of the novel without the story--would it be better or worse? Why?

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

Essay Topic 3

The collection of stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" offers a commentary on education. Select two of the stories featuring "educated" characters and:

1) describe the educated character;

2) explain the effect education has on the character's development;

3) explain the relationship between the character and the other characters and plot in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on education is.

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

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