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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," why does Thomas threaten to leave his mother's home?

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," who does Rufus believe is the only person who can save him?

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

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 Lame Shall Enter First," what does Rufus read to Norton?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Greenleaf," why does Mrs. May say that O.T. & E.T. should have been her sons?

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

3. In the story "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin say is the problem with farming cotton?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," what does Parker do between the two tattooing sessions necessary to complete his tattoo of Jesus?

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. Describe the "communion" that Asbury, Randall and Morgan take in the story "The Enduring Chill."

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

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

9. Describe Mary Fortune's appearance in the story "A View of the Woods."

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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