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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 Lame Shall Enter First," what does Rufus teach Norton about that angers Sheppard?

2. In the story "The Comforts of Home," why does Thomas put the gun in Star's purse?

3. In the story "Greenleaf," who does Mrs. May blame for Mr. Greenleaf having to shoot the bull?

4. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Fortune do to teach Mary Fortune a lesson?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," why is Sheppard bothered by his son eating cake for breakfast?

3. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," how is Rufus' view of the night sky different than Sheppard's?

4. In the story "A View of the Woods," how does Mary Fortune react when her father beats her?

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

6. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what does Norton do when looking through the telescope alone at night?

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

8. In the story "Greenleaf," how do the Greenleafs come to live on the May farm?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

1) explain what the story says about the past and the present;

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Imagine if one of the stories in this collection was missing from it. Choose one of the stories and "remove" it from the collection. Write an essay:

1) explaining the role that the story plays in the collection;

2) describing how the collection would be different without the story;

3) comment on the quality of the novel without the story--would it be better or worse? Why?

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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