Mystery and Manners; Occasional Prose Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 see the ad for her first peafowl?

2. What does O'Connor say is a word that sounds good in anyone's mouth that no book jacket can do without?

3. Thomas Mann said that the grotesque is what style?

4. Who called art "reason in making"?

5. What does O'Connor say fiction should deal with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What observations does O'Connor make about the student manuscripts she read?

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

5. How does O'Connor feel about the average person that is interested in writing?

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

7. How does O'Connor feel about short stories?

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

9. What does O'Connor say about the Manicheans in "The Nature and Aim of Fiction"?

10. How does O'Connor describe grotesque writing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does O'Connor say about being labeled a Southern writer? Does she feel that it is beneficial to wear this label? What problems does she run into because she is labeled a Southern writer? Based on her tone, how does she seem to feel about how those writing in the South are perceived to always be writing about the South?

Essay Topic 2

Explore O'Connor's view of English teachers. What does O'Connor say their job is, in regards to helping students understand literature? Why does O'Connor say that English teachers are avoiding teaching English? What methods does she talk about that teachers use? What is the problem with these methods?

Essay Topic 3

Examine what O'Connor says about the writer's preoccupation with the poor. Why does she believe that writers tend to write about poor people? In what ways do poor people make interesting stories? What is it about the poor and their manners that attract writers? What does she mean when she says that everyone is poor in the eyes of the novelist?

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