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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. Who does June Star not want to hold hands with?
2. What does Grandmother kick?
3. How many more gunshots do they hear from the woods?
4. What does the Grandmother ask the Misfit?
5. Why does the driver want John to stay with his mother?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Connor represent the older generation in the book?
2. What is the significance of Grandmother wanting to paint the black child she sees sitting on the porch?
3. What does the Misfit's description of the penitentiary's walls say about him?
4. Why were the fifties such an important transitional period?
5. Describe the character of John Wesley.
6. What is the significance of John Wesley's name?
7. What is the significance of June Star tap dancing in the restaurant?
8. What does the story about the melon say about Grandmother's character?
9. What do you think is the story's real meaning?
10. Describe the Misfit's appearance?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine O'Connor's writing style.
1) What kind of language does she use? What meaning does it have on the story?
2) What do you think the themes of the story say about O'Connor as a person. Do she seem comfortable with these themes?
Essay Topic 2
The Misfit has more of an affinity with women than he does with men. Using two examples from the book discuss the Misfit's relationship with women. Why do you think he mistrusts both men and children?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the use of dialect. Do you think the dialect is an accurate portrayal of how southerners speak? What meaning does the dialect give to the story and characters? What do you think the story would either gain or lose by having no dialect?
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