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. Who is Madam Zoleeda?

2. Who does Mr. Shiflit marry?

3. Where is Mr. Shiflit running to?

4. Where is Hazel Wickers expecting to sleep on the train?

5. How is Rufus connected to Ruby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the General dying at the commencement a form of irony?

2. Why is Hazel Motes reluctant to befriend Enoch Emery?

3. Why does Rayber’s old barber call him a “mother hubbard”?

4. What is O’Connor’s message in “The River”?

5. Why doesn’t Hazel Wickers believe that the porter’s father was a railroad engineer?

6. Why does Rayber change barbers?

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

8. Why does Enoch steal the gorilla suit?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Flannery O'Connor use the physically grotesque to illustrate the beautiful? Discuss the meaning she might have implied with the use of the one-armed man, the club-footed delinquent, the retarded young woman, and the neglected boy who seeks heaven in the river.

Essay Topic 2

The Grotesque

a. O’Connor was obsessed with grotesque images. Where is this evident in her writing?

b. What’s absurd about O’Connor’s stories?

Essay Topic 3

In many of O’Connor’s stories, women have aged because of having and rearing children. Which of O’Connor’s stories demonstrated this motif? Which characters lives have been altered, for the negative, because of children? How do women who don’t have children fare in O’Connor’s stories?

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