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 "The Enduring Chill," what does Mrs. Fox suggest that Asbury write a novel about?

2. In the story "A View of the Woods," who does the Pitts family blame for Fortune wanting to sell the lot in front of their home?

3. In the story "A View of the Woods," which of the following is not an aspect of Tilman's business?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," how does Parker's wife characterize his tattoos?

5. In the story "The Comforts of Home," why does Thomas' mother say she cannot send Star back to jail?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "The Enduring Chill," who does Asbury believe is responsible for his failure as an artist? Why?

2. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does the author characterize the relationship between Mary George and Asbury?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In the story "Greenleaf," why does Mrs. May decide to have Mr. Greenleaf shoot the bull?

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

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 3

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.

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