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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where did O'Connor's first set of peafowl come from?
2. Who said that the artist is concerned with the good of that which is made?
3. What does O'Connor say a writer needs but cannot get from a writing class?
4. How many peafowl did O'Connor have after nine years?
5. What does O'Connor say fiction should deal with?
Short Essay Questions
1. What observations does O'Connor make about the student manuscripts she read?
2. Why does O'Connor believe that Christian writers will best be able to discern the grotesque?
3. Why does O'Connor believe Southern writers are anguished?
4. How does O'Connor describe grotesque writing?
5. What is the gist of an editorial written to Life magazine regarding writers?
6. How does O'Connor feel about the fiction writer using symbols?
7. Why did the man who sold fence posts get rid of his peafowl?
8. What makes Georgia writers different from writers from New York or Hollywood According to O'Connor?
9. How does having lost the Civil War make Southerners better writers, according to O'Connor?
10. How does O'Connor feel about the average person that is interested in writing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore O'Connor's view of the short story. How does she say a short story is just like a novel? What does she say a short story requires? What are many short stories missing? Why do you think she holds the short story in such high esteem? What can it accomplish that a novel cannot?
Essay Topic 2
What does O'Connor mean when she says it is the business of fiction to embody mystery and manners? What does she mean when she talks of manners? Of mystery? How does a writer figure out what their mystery and manners are? How does O'Connor find her mystery and manners? How do mystery and manners work together to create interesting fiction? How does regionalism tie into mystery and manners?
Essay Topic 3
Look at O'Connor's feelings toward aspiring writers. What does O'Connor feel most aspiring writers are interested in? What does she mean when she says aspiring writers are interested in "being a writer"? What should the serious writer be interested in? Why do you think she makes a point to stress these ideas to a writing class? Why does it frustrate the author to have to explain writing?
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