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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

One of the recurrent topics in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is family. Select three of the stories dealing with this topic and:

1) explain what the story says about family;

2) demonstrate how the concept of family is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on family is in the novel as a whole. Be sure to use specific examples from the stories to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Violence figures heavily into some of the stories in the collection. Choose two of the stories that include strong examples of violence and:

1) explain how violence is portrayed in the story;

2) describe the impact violence has in the story;

3) explain what you think the author is trying to say about violence through this story.

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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