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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 "Revelation," what does Mrs. Turpin say is the goal of all black people?

2. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," how much did Julian's mother pay for her new hat?

3. In the story "The Enduring Chill," how does Asbury choose to spend his days on the family farm?

4. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," what gives Julian's mother pleasure about his "success"?

5. In the story "The Enduring Chill," why does Mrs. Fox suggest inviting Mr. Bush to the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story "Parker's Back," why doesn't Sarah Ruth want Parker to have the Bible tattooed on his back?

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

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 Lame Shall Enter First," why does Norton commit suicide?

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

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

7. In the story "Judgment Day," what is the joke Tanner plans on playing on Coleman and Hooten?

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

9. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," what draws Sheppard to Rufus Johnson?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In any collection of short stories there is at least one story that readers do not enjoy reading. Select the one story in the collection that you think the author could have "done without" and write an essay:

1) explaining why the author should have removed the story from the collection;

2) detailing what the impact of removing the story would be.

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 race relations in the U.S. Select three of the stories dealing with this topic and:

1) explain what the story says about race relations;

2) demonstrate how this idea is developed in the story.

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Because "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is a collection of independent short stories there is no one main character in the novel. However, there are some characters that seem to have a stronger presence than others. Select three characters you see as the main characters in the novel and:

1) describe the characters;

2) make an argument for why each is a main character;

3) describe what the novel would be like without these characters.

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

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