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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 "A View of the Woods," what color does Fortune think the woods turn one evening?

2. In "The Enduring Chill," where is Asbury returning to his hometown from at the beginning of the story?

3. In the story "The Comforts of Home," how does Star gain entrance into Thomas' home the second time?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," why are Sarah Ruth and Parker married in a courthouse?

5. In the story "Revelation," where does Mary Grace attend college?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Rufus eat a page of the Bible?

6. In the story "Parker's Back," what does Parker do between the two tattooing sessions necessary to complete his tattoo of Jesus?

7. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what motivates Thomas' mother to help Star?

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

9. Describe what happens to Julian's mother when she offers a penny to the black child in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

Select the story in the collection that you most identify with. Write an essay explaining:

1) why you selected this story;

2) what is significant to you about the story;

3) how the story reflects your personal beliefs.

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

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