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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," how does Fortune characterize Mary Fortune when she attacks him?

2. In the story "The Enduring Chill," what does Asbury leave for his mother to open when he dies?

3. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Tanner use to keep his workers at the saw mill in line?

4. In the story "Greenleaf" why does Mrs. May freeze when she sees the bull coming across the pasture?

5. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," what does Julian say to the black man sitting next to him to try and upset his mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the story "Parker's Back," why doesn't Sarah Ruth want Parker to have the Bible tattooed on his back?

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

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

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

6. Describe Mrs. Greenleaf's process for faith-healing in the story "Greenleaf."

7. 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"?

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

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

10. In the story "The Enduring Chill." what attracts Asbury to the Roman Catholic church?

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

In any collection of short stories there is at least one story that readers do not enjoy reading. Select the one story in the collection that you think the author could have "done without" and write an essay:

1) explaining why the author should have removed the story from the collection;

2) detailing what the impact of removing the story would be.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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