The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor 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. Why doesn’t the grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” want to drive through Georgia?

2. Where are the characters going when “A Good Man is Hard to Find” opens?

3. In “The Peeler”, what is the yellow-haired boy’s name?

4. Whose perspective is “The Crop” told in?

5. What does Mrs. Cope suggest once they invade the property?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Willerton feel about her daily life?

2. Why does Enoch steal the gorilla suit?

3. Why is Enoch convinced that he must show Hazel Weaver the mummified man?

4. Why is it ironic that the young boy’s parents are going to the river to the baptisms in “The River”?

5. Why is Ruller so proud to bring the turkey home to his family?

6. What does Mrs. Willerton wish that she had more time for?

7. How does Mr. Shiflet convince the widow of his sincerity?

8. How do the boys invade the farm, despite the widow asking them to leave in “A Circle in the Fire”?

9. How does O’Connor use foreshadowing in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”?

10. Why does Hazel Wickers keep thinking about his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many stories in this collection have an unmarried mother or sister and a son or brother carrying for the man. In how many stories in this collection does the author use a widow and an unmarried son as her main characters? What do they represent?

Essay Topic 2

O’Connor’s stories are rich with symbolic irony. How does O’Connor demonstrate this in “The River”?

Essay Topic 3

O’ Connor’s writing is full of absurd images and grotesque scenes. What is absurd about Enoch Emery’s behavior? What is comical about his discoveries, his routine and his expectations? What is O’Connor suggesting by the absurdity of this story?

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