Everything That Rises Must Converge Test | 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 "Greenleaf," what had the Greenleaf boys done to distinguish themselves?

2. In the story "Revelation," where does Mary Grace attend college?

3. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what is Rufus Johnson's IQ?

4. In the story "Judgment Day," where does Tanner think he is as he falls down the stairs?

5. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Norton spend so much time looking through the telescope?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Fortune notice about the woods in front of the Pitts' home on the night before he sells the lot?

2. Describe Mrs. Greenleaf's process for faith-healing in the story "Greenleaf."

3. In the story "Revelation," why does Mrs. Turpin continue to repeat the phrase "there's a heap of things worse than a nigger"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what motivates Thomas' mother to help Star?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the titles of the stories in "Everything That Rises Must Converge" have multiple meanings that relate to the story's theme. Select one of the stories in the collection and:

1) explain what the story's title means in relation to the story's plot;

2) demonstrate how the concept is developed in the story;

3) explain why the author chose to offer these multiple layers of meaning about the title.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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