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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 Lame Shall Enter First," what does Sheppard put in the attic for Rufus to use?

2. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," why does Julian prefer the old family mansion?

3. In the story "A View of the Woods," how does Fortune die?

4. In the story "Judgment Day," once Tanner is in NYC what does he wish he had done?

5. In the story "Parker's Back," which of the following is not something that bothers Parker about his wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the story "Judgment Day," how do Tanner's and his daughter's views on burial differ?

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

5. Describe what happens to Julian's mother when she offers a penny to the black child in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

6. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Rufus eat a page of the Bible?

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

8. 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"?

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

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

Essay 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

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.

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