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 "Revelation," what does the teenage girl do as Mrs. Turpin is thanking Jesus for her husband?

2. In the story "Judgment Day," why does Tanner not write his true feelings about NYC in his postcard to Coleman and Hooten ?

3. In the story "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin notice about the old woman sitting next to the child?

4. In the story "Greenleaf," what does Mrs. May think the reason is for E.T. and O.T. not coming to get their bull?

5. In the story "Greenleaf," what relationship does the "colored man" on the Greenleaf boys' farm have with the Mays?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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"?

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

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

8. In the story "Greenleaf," how do the Greenleafs come to live on the May farm?

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

10. In the story "Judgment Day," what do the two notes that Tanner writes instruct their readers to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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