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 "The Comforts of Home," what is Thomas' mother's favorite nice thing to do for people?

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," where did Sheppard meet Rufus Johnson?

3. In the story "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin do as she is working in the pig parlor?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," where does Parker meet his wife?

5. In the story "Revelation," how does the doctor subdue the teenage girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "A View of the Woods," how does Mary Fortune react when her father beats her?

2. 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"?

3. Why is Julian left feeling "guilt and sorrow" at the end of the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," how does Parker change as the result of his tattoo of Jesus?

5. In the story "Greenleaf," why does Mrs. May say that O.T. & E.T. should have been her sons?

6. In the story "Revelation," what bothers Mrs. Turpin about the teenage girl?

7. In the story "Parker's Back," what things does Parker say his wife does not approve of?

8. Describe the tractor accident in the story "Parker's Back."

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

10. In the story "Revelation," what happens to the teenage girl after she attacks Mrs. Turpin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For each story in "Everything That Rises Must Converge" there is a "partner" story in the collection. Select two stories that you believe "fit" together and write an essay:

1) describing each story;

2) demonstrating how the two "fit" together;

3) explain what commentary the author is trying to make through these companion stories.

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

Essay Topic 2

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

1) explain what the story says about race relations;

2) demonstrate how this idea is developed in the story.

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Several of the stories in this collection feature mothers and sons. Select two of the stories with mother and son characters and:

1) describe the relationship between the mother and son;

2) explain how the two affect each other;

3) explain what you think the author is trying to say about mother-son relationships through these two stories.

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

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