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 Lame Shall Enter First," why does Sheppard invite Rufus to live with he and Norton?

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why do the police first bring Rufus to Sheppard's home?

3. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," what impresses Julian's mother about the neighborhood she lives in?

4. In the story "The Enduring Chill" who does Asbury say is his god?

5. In the story "A View of the Woods," why does Fortune think Mary Fortune allows her father to beat her?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Judgment Day," what is Foley's significance in the community?

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Norton commit suicide?

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

4. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Tanner say will happen on judgment day?

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

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

7. Describe O.T. & E.T. Greenleaf from "Greenleaf."

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

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

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

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 that of science vs. religion. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about science and religion;

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

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on science vs. religion 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 recurrent topics in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is family. Select three of the stories dealing with this topic and:

1) explain what the story says about family;

2) demonstrate how the concept of family is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on family is in the novel as a whole. Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

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