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 "Judgment Day," what does Foley predict will happen in the future?

2. In the story "The Comforts of Home," who kills Thomas' mother?

3. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what does Sheppard put in the attic for Rufus to use?

4. In the story "Revelation," what does the teenage girl call Mrs. Turpin?

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. In the story "Judgment Day," what is Foley's significance in the community?

2. In the story "Judgment Day," what does Tanner say will happen on judgment day?

3. In the story "The Enduring Chill." what attracts Asbury to the Roman Catholic church?

4. Describe what happens to Julian's mother when she offers a penny to the black child in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

5. In the story "Judgment Day," what do the two notes that Tanner writes instruct their readers to do?

6. Describe O.T. & E.T. Greenleaf from "Greenleaf."

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

8. At the end of the story "The Comforts of Home," what does the sheriff surmise actually happened to Thomas' mother?

9. 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"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the ordering of the stories in the collection and write an essay:

1) describing the progression of stories in the collection;

2) explaining why you think the author chose to order the stories in this way.

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

One of the themes in the collection of short stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is that of science vs. religion. Select three of the stories dealing with this theme and:

1) explain what the story says about science and religion;

2) demonstrate how the theme is developed in the story.

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

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

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