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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

Flashbacks play an important role in the development of characters in this novel. Choose two of the flashbacks presented in the novel and:

1) describe each flashback;

2) describe the significance of the flashback on the person remembering the scene;

3) analyze the placement of this flashback at this point in the narrative--why does the author choose to include the flashback at this point in the story?

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

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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