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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 story "Parker's Back," why does Sarah Ruth throw Parker out of the house?

3. In the story "Parker's Back," what must Parker say to get Sarah Ruth to let him back in the house?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Judgment Day," how do Tanner's and his daughter's views on burial differ?

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

3. 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"?

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

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

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

7. Describe the black woman who sits next to Julian on the bus in the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

8. In the story "The Comforts of Home," what bothers Thomas about Star?

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

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

Essay 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Imagine that two of the characters from different stories were to meet. Write an essay describing what their meeting would be like focusing on how they would interact, what they might do together and what sort of relationship they might develop.

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

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