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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 Star threaten to do if Thomas throws her out of the house?

2. In the story "Greenleaf," how does Mrs. May characterize the Greenleaf boys when she discovers it is their bull on her farm?

3. In the story "Greenleaf," who does Mrs. May blame for Mr. Greenleaf having to shoot the bull?

4. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," which of the following is not an aspect of her family's past that impresses Julian's mother?

5. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does Father Finn characterize Asbury?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Julian's mother's hat in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

2. In the story "Revelation," what happens to the teenage girl after she attacks Mrs. Turpin?

3. In the story "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin say is the problem with farming cotton?

4. In the story "The Comforts of Home," why is Thomas mournful that his father has died but "had not been able to endure him in life"?

5. What does the narrator say is the "irony" of the way Julian has turned out in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

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

7. In the story "Judgement Day," how does Tanner die?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

1) explain what the story says about morality;

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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