Mystery and Manners; Occasional Prose Test | Final 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. Freedom is of no use without what?

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

3. Which of O'Connor's relatives did a man ask to relay a message to her about her type of characters?

4. Who wrote that the roots of the eye are in the heart?

5. What will always be a Catholic novel's center of destruction?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does O'Connor respond to those who say that Catholics cannot be artists?

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

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

5. Describe the God that O'Connor says she believes in.

6. What problem does O'Connor say Catholic writers face?

7. How does O'Connor say she believes fiction should be taught?

8. What does O'Connor say about absolutes in fiction, particularly religious fiction?

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

10. What does O'Connor say to those who say that Catholics are too restrained by their rigorous Catholic education to write creatively?

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 the way O'Connor uses her own story about a family of six, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," to highlight her plea for readers to stop over analyzing her work. What does she say typically happens when the story is read? How would she like readers to read this story? Why do you think she would prefer readers to stop trying to figure this story and her other works out?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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