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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who does O'Connor believe truly speaks for the country?
(a) Advertising agencies.
(b) Lawmakers.
(c) Poets.
(d) Preachers.

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

5. What did the telephone repairman say he thought O'Connor's peacock could outrun?
(a) A cheetah.
(b) A bus.
(c) An Oldsmobile.
(d) A roadrunner.

6. 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 too abstractly, confusing readers.
(d) Write as if everyone in the country is rich.

7. Who does O'Connor quote at the end of "The Fiction Writer and His Country"?
(a) Elvis Presley.
(b) Nathaniel Hawthorne.
(c) St. Cyril.
(d) Pope Leo XIII.

8. What does O'Connor say is a word that sounds good in anyone's mouth that no book jacket can do without?
(a) Kindness.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Knowledge.
(d) Gratitude.

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

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

11. 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.

12. What does O'Connor say that most people interested in writing are not interested in?
(a) Writing well.
(b) Writing for fun.
(c) Getting famous.
(d) Making money.

13. How many peafowl did O'Connor buy from an ad in a paper?
(a) 4.
(b) 5.
(c) 3.
(d) 6.

14. What does O'Connor think every writer would like to think of himself as?
(a) An original.
(b) A realist.
(c) An artist.
(d) A genius.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What did one of O'Connor's peafowl lose in the mowing machine?

4. What kind of vision does O'Connor say a fiction writer needs to develop?

5. In what city did O'Connor's friend from Wisconsin buy a house?

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