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," what must Parker say to get Sarah Ruth to let him back in the house?

2. In the story "Revelation," why is Claud visiting the doctor?

3. In the story "Parker's Back," what draws Parker to the design he plans on having tattooed on his back?

4. In the story "Revelation," how does Mrs. Turpin characterize the teenage girl in the waiting room?

5. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what nickname does Star give Thomas?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Fortune notice about the woods in front of the Pitts' home on the night before he sells the lot?

2. In the story "Revelation," what is the significance of Mrs. Turpin's vision at the end of the story?

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

4. In the story "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin say is the problem with farming cotton?

5. What is the significance of Julian's mother's hat in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

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

7. Describe Julian's mother's hat in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

8. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does Dr. Block respond when Asbury tells him he cannot understand his illness?

9. In the story "A View of the Woods," why does Mary Fortune attack her grandfather for beating her but not her father?

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of the stories in this collection offer a commentary on charity. Select three of the stories in which this commentary is developed and:

1) explain what the stories say about charity;

2) demonstrate how the author develops this commentary in the story;

3) respond to the author's commentary--do you agree or disagree with her? Why?

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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