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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 does O'Connor say is the ultimate reality?
(a) The faith.
(b) The evil.
(c) The sin.
(d) The good.

2. O'Connor says the Catholic reader forgets that there is a similarity between the sentimental and what?
(a) The obscene.
(b) The righteous.
(c) The romantic.
(d) The emotional.

3. What country did Henry James like better than America?
(a) England.
(b) Mexico.
(c) Ireland.
(d) Canada.

4. Which of O'Connor's relatives did a man ask to relay a message to her about her type of characters?
(a) Her cousin.
(b) Her father.
(c) Her brother.
(d) Her uncle.

5. What kind of answers do Catholics abide by?
(a) Complex.
(b) Rational.
(c) Instant.
(d) Sentimental.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does O'Connor say humanity lost its innocence?

2. In what year did a college publication print a symposium on the subject of the lack of Catholic writers?

3. What does the Catholic reader separate nature from?

4. Who said that the morality of a piece of fiction depends on the amount of "felt life" that was in it?

5. Who does O'Connor mention wrestles with an angel in the Bible?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the fiction writer vulnerable to public criticism?

2. How does O'Connor feel about literature being taught by way of psychology?

3. Why does O'Connor suspect that readers like it when the devil appears in fiction?

4. Why does O'Connor write powerfully, especially about God?

5. What story does O'Connor tell at the beginning of "Catholic Novelists and Their Readers"?

6. What does O'Connor say about her book when she reviews it for class?

7. What does O'Connor say about being specific in her writing?

8. How does O'Connor say that fiction writers and English teachers have common ground?

9. Why might a Catholic writer have to include more violence in his work than he is comfortable with?

10. When does O'Connor say the greatest dramas occur?

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