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. What did the photographer come to O'Connor's home to film?

2. What award did Percy Walker win?

3. How much was a pair of peafowl that O'Connor saw in the paper?

4. What does O'Connor say there are more of in the South than rivers and streams?

5. From what newspaper was the photographer who visited O'Connor at her home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does O'Connor mean when she says a writer must find his location in order to do his best work?

2. Why does O'Connor think some people pretend to be unaffected by the peacocks?

3. How does O'Connor feel about the fiction writer using symbols?

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

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

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

7. How did a man and his five white-haired children react when they saw the peacock in the road?

8. In what ways did the peafowl wreck the O'Connor farm?

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

10. How does O'Connor feel about people trying to analyze her work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the benefits O'Connor says come from being a Georgia writer. What limitations might be established by calling oneself a Georgia writer? What do you think O'Connor means when she says the limitations are a gateway to reality? How does regionalism relate to reality? What does she say about writers who have a sense of community?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore O'Connor's obsession with chickens and then peafowl. Discuss how her obsession for birds grows after the photographer comes to visit. Why do you think her obsession follows his visit? What feelings does O'Connor seem to have about the photographer's visit? Consider the fact that he never visits again. A spokesperson from each group should tell the class what the group talked about.

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