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. What kind of answers do Catholics abide by?

2. What is the name for someone who believes in religious dualism and the freedom of the soul from matter through asceticism?

3. What writer does O'Connor say is an exception to the fact that Southern writers are not successfully cosmopolitan in fiction?

4. What is the name of the college publication that printed a symposium on the subject of the lack of Catholic writers?

5. Who does O'Connor believe should do the evangelizing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does O'Connor write powerfully, especially about God?

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

3. How does O'Connor respond to the idea that there is a lack of good Catholic writing in America?

4. What story does O'Connor tell at the beginning of "Catholic Novelists and Their Readers"?

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

6. What does O'Connor say should be the result of the proper study of literature?

7. What does O'Connor say about "The Foundling" written by Cardinal Spellman?

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

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

10. How does O'Connor feel about literature being taught by way of psychology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore O'Connor's view that writers should veer away from abstract concepts. What is her stance on using symbols in fiction? When do they work? What is the problem with the way writers use them? How does O'Connor say she uses symbols? How should using symbols tie into addressing reality?

Essay Topic 2

How does O'Connor say she must write, as both a Catholic and a novelist? What does she say her is her responsibility? Why is she so passionate about her obligations? Why is it so important to her to meet the obligations she has set for herself? What can be learned about O'Connor as a fiction writer by looking at the ways in which she defines herself? Why do you think she makes it a point to say that she must protect her reality? What does this mean for her and her reader?

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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