Everything That Rises Must Converge Test | Final Test - Hard

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

2. In the story "Parker's Back," what condition does Sarah Ruth set for telling Parker her name?

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

4. In the story "Revelation," who is at the lowest rung of social class in Mrs. Turpin's opinion?

5. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what does Rufus do when he first comes into Norton's home that makes him angry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Julian left feeling "guilt and sorrow" at the end of the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

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

3. 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"?

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

5. In the story "Parker's Back," what inspires Parker to get his first tattoo?

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

7. In the story "Judgment Day," what is the joke Tanner plans on playing on Coleman and Hooten?

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

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

10. Describe Asbury's appearance In the story "The Enduring Chill."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" offers a commentary on aging. Select two of the stories dealing with aging characters and write an essay:

1) describing the aging characters;

2) explaining the significance of their age on the story's plot;

3) explaining what commentary you think the author is making on aging.

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

Essay Topic 2

In any collection of short stories there is at least one story that readers do not enjoy reading. Select the one story in the collection that you think the author could have "done without" and write an essay:

1) explaining why the author should have removed the story from the collection;

2) detailing what the impact of removing the story would be.

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

Essay Topic 3

Several of the stories in this collection feature mothers and sons. Select two of the stories with mother and son characters and:

1) describe the relationship between the mother and son;

2) explain how the two affect each other;

3) explain what you think the author is trying to say about mother-son relationships through these two stories.

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

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