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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 "Everything That Rises Must Converge," why does Julian prefer the old family mansion?

2. In the story "A View of the Woods," what does Mary Fortune tell Fortune will happen if he leaves her in the car while he is in Tilman's?

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

4. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," where did Sheppard meet Rufus Johnson?

5. In the story "Revelation," what bothers Mrs. Turpin about the chair she has to sit in?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. Describe Mrs. Greenleaf's process for faith-healing in the story "Greenleaf."

3. In the story "Everything That Rises Must Converge," why is Julian so disgusted with his mother?

4. In the story "A View of the Woods," what angers Mary Fortune about her grandfather's plan to sell a lot of his land?

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

6. In the story "Parker's Back," what inspires Parker to get his first tattoo?

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

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

9. Describe the character of Pitts in the story "A View of the Woods."

10. Describe social class from Mrs. Turpin's perspective as presented in the story "Revelation."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" offers a commentary on aging. Select two of the stories dealing with aging characters and write an essay:

1) describing the aging characters;

2) explaining the significance of their age on the story's plot;

3) explaining what commentary you think the author is making on aging.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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