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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 Comforts of Home," how is Thomas like his deceased father?

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what does Sheppard do at the reformatory?

3. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what nickname does Star give Thomas?

4. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," why must Julian's mother go to the Y each week?

5. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," how much did Julian's mother pay for her new hat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," how does Norton react when Rufus tells him about hell? Why?

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

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

7. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what does Norton do when looking through the telescope alone at night?

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

9. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Foley propose Tanner and Coleman do in exchange for room and board? How does Tanner react?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the recurrent topics in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is race relations in the U.S. Select three of the stories dealing with this topic and:

1) explain what the story says about race relations;

2) demonstrate how this idea is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on race is in the novel as a whole.

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

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is morality. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about morality;

2) demonstrate how the theme is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on morality is in the novel as a whole.

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

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is that of past vs. present. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about the past and the present;

2) demonstrate how the theme is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on past vs. present is in the novel as a whole.

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

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