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 "Parker's Back," why does Parker's future wife hit him the first time they meet?

2. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Mary Fortune tell Fortune will happen if he leaves her in the car while he is in Tilman's?

3. In the story "A View of the Woods," how does Fortune characterize Mary Fortune when she attacks him?

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 "The Enduring Chill" who does Asbury say is his god?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. At the end of the story "The Comforts of Home," what does the sheriff surmise actually happened to Thomas' mother?

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

5. 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?

6. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what draws Sheppard to Rufus Johnson?

7. 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"?

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

9. Describe the white-trash woman in the story "Revelation."

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

One of the themes in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is that of science vs. religion. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about science and religion;

2) demonstrate how the theme is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on science vs. religion is in the novel as a whole.

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

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is that of past vs. present. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about the past and the present;

2) demonstrate how the theme is developed in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on past vs. present is in the novel as a whole.

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

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