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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. In which novel does O'Connor say all its sentences could be examined with wonder?
(a) The Pit and the Pendulum.
(b) Uncle Tom's Cabin.
(c) Madame Bovary.
(d) The Great Gatsby.

2. How old was O'Connor when a photographer visited her in "The King of the Birds"?
(a) 3.
(b) 12.
(c) 5.
(d) 15.

3. What does O'Connor say is the first reaction people have when they see a peacock's tail?
(a) Laughter.
(b) Tears.
(c) Gasp.
(d) Silence.

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

5. While some call "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" grotesque, what does O'Connor call it?
(a) Literal.
(b) Conceptual.
(c) Symbolic.
(d) Simplistic.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. O'Connor says no other writer was hotter after the dollar than whom?

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

4. What author said his aim as a fiction writer is to render the highest possible justice to the visible universe?

5. How much was a pair of peafowl that O'Connor saw in the paper?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does O'Connor feel about the peahens?

2. What makes Georgia writers different from writers from New York or Hollywood According to O'Connor?

3. What is the gist of an editorial written to Life magazine regarding writers?

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

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

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

7. How does O'Connor feel about Southern writing being labeled as "grotesque"?

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

9. What does O'Connor mean when she says a writer must find his location in order to do his best work?

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

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