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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. What did O'Connor tell a classroom that there was no such thing as?
(a) The Writer.
(b) A Work of Fiction.
(c) An American Novel.
(d) A Critical Response.

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

3. What did the photographer come to O'Connor's home to film?
(a) O'Connor.
(b) A prize-winning pig.
(c) The Gothic Revival style of the home.
(d) A chicken.

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

5. O'Connor says no other writer was hotter after the dollar than whom?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) Henry James.
(c) Edgar Allan Poe.
(d) Mark Twain.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many peafowl did O'Connor have after nine years?

2. Besides the telephone repairman, who did O'Connor say is indifferent to the peacock's display?

3. Students from what university created a pamphlet in the 1920s?

4. Who was O'Connor told should be the model of balance for the novelist?

5. Who said that the artist is concerned with the good of that which is made?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways did the peafowl wreck the O'Connor farm?

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

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

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

5. How does O'Connor feel about the fiction writer using symbols?

6. How did the peacock react when a telephone repairman tried to get him to strut?

7. How does having lost the Civil War make Southerners better writers, according to O'Connor?

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

9. How does O'Connor feel about the average person that is interested in writing?

10. What observations does O'Connor make about the student manuscripts she read?

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