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

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

3. In the story "Parker's Back," what does Parker say is different about the experience of having his back tattooed?

4. In the story "Greenleaf," who does the bull belong to?

5. In the story "Revelation," how does the doctor subdue the teenage girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Judgment Day," what do the two notes that Tanner writes instruct their readers to do?

2. In the story "Parker's Back," how does Parker change as the result of his tattoo of Jesus?

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

4. In the story "The Enduring Chill," why does Father Finn say Asbury is ignorant?

5. In the story "Greenleaf," why does Mrs. May decide to have Mr. Greenleaf shoot the bull?

6. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why is Sheppard bothered by his son eating cake for breakfast?

7. In the story "A View of the Woods," how does Mary Fortune react when her father beats her?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is a collection of independent short stories there is no one main character in the novel. However, there are some characters that seem to have a stronger presence than others. Select three characters you see as the main characters in the novel and:

1) describe the characters;

2) make an argument for why each is a main character;

3) describe what the novel would be like without these characters.

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

Essay Topic 2

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" is both the title of this collection of short stories and one of the component stories. In your essay:

1) explain what this phrase means as it relates to the novel as a whole;

2) explain how the phrase fits the entire novel;

3) demonstrate how the author develops this idea.

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

Essay Topic 3

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" offers a commentary on aging. Select two of the stories dealing with aging characters and write an essay:

1) describing the aging characters;

2) explaining the significance of their age on the story's plot;

3) explaining what commentary you think the author is making on aging.

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

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