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 "A View of the Woods," how old is Mary Fortune?

2. In the story "A View of the Woods," which of the following is not an aspect of Tilman's business?

3. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," who does Rufus believe is the only person who can save him?

4. In the story "Judgment Day," where is Tanner living when his daughter finds him?

5. In the story "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin say is "the worst thing in the world"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Foley propose Tanner and Coleman do in exchange for room and board? How does Tanner react?

6. In the story "Greenleaf," how does Mrs. May discover Mrs. Greenleaf's faith healing practice?

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

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

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

10. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does the author characterize the relationship between Mary George and Asbury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is a collection of independent short stories there is no one main character in the novel. However, there are some characters that seem to have a stronger presence than others. Select three characters you see as the main characters in the novel and:

1) describe the characters;

2) make an argument for why each is a main character;

3) describe what the novel would be like without these characters.

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The collection of stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" offers a commentary on education. Select two of the stories featuring "educated" characters and:

1) describe the educated character;

2) explain the effect education has on the character's development;

3) explain the relationship between the character and the other characters and plot in the story.

Then explain what you think Flannery O'Connor's overall commentary on education is.

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

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