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. What are the red-haired girl and the blind man doing in “The Peeler”?

2. What war did General Sash serve in?

3. How old is Sally Poker Sash?

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

5. Who asked Old Dudley if he wanted to go for a walk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Enoch Emery’s daily routine consist of?

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

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

8. Why is Ruller afraid something bad is about to happen?

9. Though General Sash does not want to go to his granddaughter’s graduation, why does he agree to anyhow?

10. Why is the man in the gorilla suit irritated with Enoch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1


a. How does religion play a role in short stories in The Complete Stories?

b. What religious motifs arise again and again in O’Connor’s work?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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