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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

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" offers a commentary on aging. Select two of the stories dealing with aging characters and write an essay:

1) describing the aging characters;

2) explaining the significance of their age on the story's plot;

3) explaining what commentary you think the author is making on aging.

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

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

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.

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