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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What color was the helmet of the telephone repairman that came to O'Connor's farm?
(a) Orange.
(b) Red.
(c) Blue.
(d) Yellow.

2. What did the magazine editorial that challenged American writers say literature lacks?
(a) Violence.
(b) Supernatural elements.
(c) The joy of life.
(d) Energy.

3. Thomas Mann said that the grotesque is what style?
(a) Anti-bourgeois.
(b) Non-American.
(c) Victorian.
(d) Philistine.

4. O'Connor became frustrated because the writing students she addressed were looking for what?
(a) Advice.
(b) A formula.
(c) To copy the British.
(d) A mentor.

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

6. What sort of eyes did O'Connor prefer chickens to have?
(a) One big and one little.
(b) A shade of light blue.
(c) Very small and oval-shaped.
(d) One green and one orange.

7. What volunteer fire department was Mr. Montgomery a member of?
(a) Jackson.
(b) Biloxi.
(c) Crawford.
(d) Birmingham.

8. What item of clothing did Colonel Eggbert wear?
(a) A blouse.
(b) A jumper.
(c) A pique coat.
(d) A top hat.

9. What does O'Connor refer to as a "complete dramatic action"?
(a) A novel.
(b) A scene.
(c) A movement.
(d) A story.

10. How many peafowl did O'Connor have after nine years?
(a) 70.
(b) 40.
(c) 60.
(d) 50.

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

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

13. What artist was John Peale Bishop referring to when he claimed that you cannot say this person painted apples and tablecloth and say what he has painted?
(a) Redon.
(b) Gauguin.
(c) Cezanne.
(d) Rousseau.

14. What author does O'Connor use as an example of someone who is not present in his work?
(a) Alexander Pope.
(b) Richard Matheson.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) William Shakespeare.

15. What is O'Connor's advice for writers who do not want to be regional?
(a) Move to an unfamiliar region.
(b) Be an American writer.
(c) Only write fantasy and science fiction.
(d) Only write fiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does O'Connor believe truly speaks for the country?

2. What reason did O'Connor give a female student who asked her why she writes?

3. Which of O'Connor's relatives refused to accept that her story about a man who leaves his wife at an eatery was complete?

4. What did an old woman cry when she finally saw the tail on O'Connor's peacock?

5. According to O'Connor, what do Northern authors consider everything written by Southerners?

(see the answer keys)

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