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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 author said his aim as a fiction writer is to render the highest possible justice to the visible universe?
(a) Whitman.
(b) Updike.
(c) Conrad.
(d) Hemingway.

2. Which of O'Connor's works does she use to show examples of hidden themes and symbols?
(a) Everything That Rises Must Converge.
(b) The Violent Bear It Away.
(c) Wise Blood.
(d) A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

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

4. What does O'Connor say there are more of in the South than rivers and streams?
(a) Writers.
(b) Preachers.
(c) Farmers.
(d) Critics.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the old man respond when his children asked him what O'Connor's peacock was?

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

3. Who is the Dixie Limited?

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

5. What author does O'Connor use as an example of someone who is not present in his work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does O'Connor react to the editorial's cry for more spiritual writing, showing the joys of life?

3. How does the peahen act when she lays eggs?

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

5. How did the peafowl feel about O'Connor after nine years?

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

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

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

9. Why does O'Connor advise that if an author is called a Southern writer he is best to rid himself of the title as soon as possible?

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

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