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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. What author said his aim as a fiction writer is to render the highest possible justice to the visible universe?
2. What award did Percy Walker win?
3. Where was Faulkner at home?
4. O'Connor's friend told her that a bookstore clerk referred to "The Violent Bear It Away" with what title?
5. How long can a peacock live?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Connor feel about the fiction writer using symbols?
2. What dream did O'Connor have at the end of "The King of the Birds"?
3. What does O'Connor say about those who have the gift for writing?
4. What does O'Connor say about the Manicheans in "The Nature and Aim of Fiction"?
5. Why did the man who sold fence posts get rid of his peafowl?
6. How does O'Connor feel about short stories?
7. How does the peahen act when she lays eggs?
8. What does O'Connor mean when she says a writer must find his location in order to do his best work?
9. How does O'Connor react to the editorial's cry for more spiritual writing, showing the joys of life?
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
Explore the use of Mary Ann as a representation for grotesque-style literature. How does the story of Mary Ann help O'Connor to gain new perspective on the topic of the grotesque? How does she start to think differently about the way people see "good" in things? Why does she say that it is easier to see evil than it is to see good? How does this relate to Mary Ann? How does it relate to the grotesque?
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