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," where does Parker meet his wife?

2. In the story "Parker's Back," what is notable about Parker's arms?

3. In the story "Revelation," what do the farm workers think happened to Mrs. Turpin's eye?

4. In the story "A View of the Woods," what color does Fortune think the woods turn one evening?

5. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," how does Rufus initially respond to Sheppard's interest in him?

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 bothers Mrs. Turpin about the teenage girl?

3. In the story "Judgment Day," what is the only time that Tanner has "feelings of warmth" for his daughter?

4. In the story "Parker's Back," what does Parker do between the two tattooing sessions necessary to complete his tattoo of Jesus?

5. Describe the "communion" that Asbury, Randall and Morgan take in the story "The Enduring Chill."

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

7. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why does Norton commit suicide?

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

9. What does the narrator say is the "irony" of the way Julian has turned out in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

10. Describe the character of Pitts in the story "A View of the Woods."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select the story in the collection that you most identify with. Write an essay explaining:

1) why you selected this story;

2) what is significant to you about the story;

3) how the story reflects your personal beliefs.

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 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 3

"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.

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