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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote the collection of stories called "Rotting Hill"?
(a) Willard Linus.
(b) William Louis.
(c) Wyndham Lewis.
(d) Wendall Lane.

2. What author said that he writes romances, not novels?
(a) Orwell.
(b) Hawthorne.
(c) Huxley.
(d) Poe.

3. O'Connor says belief in what is a hindrance to writers?
(a) The American dream.
(b) God.
(c) Christian dogma.
(d) Good and evil.

4. What did an old woman cry when she finally saw the tail on O'Connor's peacock?
(a) "Praise God!"
(b) "Amen! Amen!"
(c) "Hallelujah!"
(d) "God bless America!"

5. When will a peacock regrow his feathers once he sheds?
(a) After Memorial Day.
(b) After Christmas.
(c) After Easter.
(d) Near the first day of spring.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did O'Connor say her peafowl would eat?

2. Where did O'Connor see the ad for her first peafowl?

3. In what magazine did O'Connor read an editorial challenging her and other writers?

4. What sort of eyes did O'Connor prefer chickens to have?

5. Granville Hicks reviewed a novel by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does O'Connor say about the Manicheans in "The Nature and Aim of Fiction"?

2. What does O'Connor say about those who have the gift for writing?

3. Why does O'Connor believe that Christian writers will best be able to discern the grotesque?

4. What does O'Connor say about reality in fiction writing?

5. Why did the man who sold fence posts get rid of his peafowl?

6. Why does O'Connor think some people pretend to be unaffected by the peacocks?

7. What dream did O'Connor have at the end of "The King of the Birds"?

8. Why did a photographer visit O'Connor when she was a young girl?

9. How does O'Connor feel about people trying to analyze her work?

10. Why does O'Connor believe Southern writers are anguished?

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