The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor 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 does Mrs. May see out her window?

2. How old is Thomas?

3. Who does Mrs. Hopewell live with?

4. What does Parker have on his back by the end of “Parker’s Back”?

5. What was Parker initially intrigued by his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Thomas hide the gun in the guest room?

2. What happens to Mary Fortune?

3. Why is the father irritated with his son in “The Lame Shall Enter First”?

4. In what capacity does the grandson in “The Artificial Nigger” lose some of his self-assuredness?

5. Why does the college girl in “Revelation” have a seizure?

6. Why is Parker initially attracted to his wife?

7. Which character has the keenest sense of observation in “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”?

8. What does Rufus do to the neighbors?

9. Why does Calhoun visit his great-aunts?

10. Why does Mrs. May want the bull removed from her pasture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many small subplots in “The Peeler” that all connect to Hazel Motes as he is walking through town. This story discusses many details of what life was like for many different people on different societal and moral levels. Why does Hazel Motes follow the red-haired girl and the blind man? Why does Hazel think of Leora, his father’s voyeurism and his mother’s puritanical beliefs? What is haunting Hazel Motes?

Essay Topic 2

In “The Turkey” Hazel Wickers harbors disbelief that the porter’s father was a railroad man because the porter is black – even if they are in Chicago. What other prejudices cloud Hazel’s beliefs? What unnerves him about the porter? About the train? How does Hazel Wickers view Mrs. Hosen? What do his thoughts and prejudices say about who he is as a character?

Essay Topic 3


a. How does O’Connor write about racism in the South?

b. Who is O’Connor the most critical of in regards to racism?

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