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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who said that the artist is concerned with the good of that which is made?
(a) St. Patrick.
(b) St. Thomas.
(c) St. Aaron.
(d) St. Maro.

2. Which writer did Henry James say does things in the way that take the most doing?
(a) Matheson.
(b) Conrad.
(c) Poe.
(d) Emerson.

3. In what magazine did O'Connor read an editorial challenging her and other writers?
(a) Southern Living.
(b) Life.
(c) Newsweek.
(d) Time.

4. Granville Hicks reviewed a novel by whom?
(a) James Jones.
(b) John Wise.
(c) Samuel Willard.
(d) Thomas Shepard.

5. Where did O'Connor see the ad for her first peafowl?
(a) The Bazaar.
(b) The Daily Mail.
(c) The Market Bulletin.
(d) The Florida Express.

6. What did O'Connor see in the book "Believe It or Not"?
(a) A chicken that mated with a turkey.
(b) A woman who owned 900 chickens.
(c) A cat who nursed a hen.
(d) A rooster who lived with no head.

7. What question did the editorial that challenged O'Connor ask?
(a) Who speaks for the poor today?
(b) Who speaks for the South today?
(c) Who speaks for women today?
(d) Who speaks for America today?

8. What ailment did Dr. Johnson's housekeeper have?
(a) She was missing a leg.
(b) She was arthritic.
(c) She was blind.
(d) She was deaf.

9. About how long did the telephone repairman wait to see a peacock strut?
(a) 15 minutes.
(b) 30 minutes.
(c) One hour.
(d) 45 minutes.

10. O'Connor's friend told her that a bookstore clerk referred to "The Violent Bear It Away" with what title?
(a) The Violets Bear Today.
(b) The Valiant Bloom Always.
(c) The Bear That Ran Away With It.
(d) The One That Got Away.

11. What does O'Connor say a writer needs but cannot get from a writing class?
(a) An epiphany.
(b) Experience.
(c) Competence.
(d) Vision.

12. What does O'Connor say the serious writer is interested in?
(a) Pleasing the reader.
(b) The habit of art.
(c) Getting outside of their comfort zone.
(d) Studying and learning.

13. What did the editorial that challenged American writers say American writers do?
(a) Write about being poor.
(b) Write too abstractly, confusing readers.
(c) Write too much like British writers.
(d) Write as if everyone in the country is rich.

14. What type of people does O'Connor say Southerners can recognize?
(a) Intellectuals.
(b) Freaks.
(c) Wealthy.
(d) Spiritual.

15. In what city did O'Connor's friend from Wisconsin buy a house?
(a) Chattanooga.
(b) Macon.
(c) Atlanta.
(d) Ocala.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many sections does the story "Summer Dust" have?

2. How long does it take for a cock's plumage to attain its pattern?

3. Who called art "reason in making"?

4. From what newspaper was the photographer who visited O'Connor at her home?

5. What author said that he writes romances, not novels?

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