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," why does Asbury not want to see Dr. Block?

2. In the story "Greenleaf," what concerns Mrs. May about her sons getting married?

3. In the story "Greenleaf" how does Mrs. May die?

4. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Mary Fortune tell her grandfather would happen to anyone who beat her?

5. In the story "Greenleaf," how does Mrs. May plan on trapping the bull?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the tractor accident in the story "Parker's Back."

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

3. Describe social class from Mrs. Turpin's perspective as presented in the story "Revelation."

4. At the end of the story "The Comforts of Home," what does the sheriff surmise actually happened to Thomas' mother?

5. Describe the character of Pitts in the story "A View of the Woods."

6. In the story "Greenleaf," how does Mrs. May discover Mrs. Greenleaf's faith healing practice?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Imagine that two of the characters from different stories were to meet. Write an essay describing what their meeting would be like focusing on how they would interact, what they might do together and what sort of relationship they might develop.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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