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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 "Parker's Back," what condition does Sarah Ruth set for telling Parker her name?

2. In the story "Parker's Back," why does Parker say "long views" depress him?

3. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," what does Julian do when they get on the bus that embarrasses his mother?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," what does Parker propose to try and encourage Sarah Ruth to look at his tattoos?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the story "Revelation," what is the significance of Mrs. Turpin's vision at the end of the story?

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

4. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does the author characterize the relationship between Mary George and Asbury?

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

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

7. In the story "A View of the Woods," why does Mary Fortune attack her grandfather for beating her but not her father?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 1

Several of the stories in this collection feature mothers and sons. Select two of the stories with mother and son characters and:

1) describe the relationship between the mother and son;

2) explain how the two affect each other;

3) explain what you think the author is trying to say about mother-son relationships through these two stories.

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

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the stories in this collection offer a commentary on charity. Select three of the stories in which this commentary is developed and:

1) explain what the stories say about charity;

2) demonstrate how the author develops this commentary in the story;

3) respond to the author's commentary--do you agree or disagree with her? Why?

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

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