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

2. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what does Star wear when she enters Thomas' room late one night?

3. In the story "Revelation," what does the teenage girl call Mrs. Turpin?

4. In the story "The Enduring Chill," what job does Mary George hold?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the story "Parker's Back," what things does Parker say his wife does not approve of?

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

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

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

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

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

8. In the story "The Enduring Chill," why does Father Finn say Asbury is ignorant?

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

10. Describe the white-trash woman in the story "Revelation."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Flashbacks play an important role in the development of characters in this novel. Choose two of the flashbacks presented in the novel and:

1) describe each flashback;

2) describe the significance of the flashback on the person remembering the scene;

3) analyze the placement of this flashback at this point in the narrative--why does the author choose to include the flashback at this point in the story?

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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