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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 the priest of Irish descent with whom Flannery communicates?

2. With what disease is Flannery diagnosed?

3. Which of the following is NOT a person mentioned as a recipient of Flannery's correspondence in this section?

4. How did Flannery break some ribs?

5. How many letters are included in Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what slang style does Flannery sometimes slip into in her letters?

2. What is Flannery's lifestyle after she leaves Yaddo?

3. Why does Flannery say that Catharine Carver's decision to leave Harcourt Brace impacts her life?

4. What points are mentioned about loneliness in the writing lifestyle?

5. What does Flannery write about the Ku Klux Klan and racism in a letter in this section?

6. In addition to the Fitzgeralds, Flannery and William Sessions have another friend in common--how does this friend make Flannery feel?

7. What angst does Flannery experience regarding a new editor and the reimbursement of an advance?

8. Who are some of Flannery's earliest contacts?

9. Who are some of the people to whom Flannery writes during this section?

10. What does Flannery mention about Celtic names in Georgia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting and time period for the letters. What was America like during this time period? What was O'Connor's South like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Flannery and her friends and business colleagues?

Essay Topic 2

Flannery O'Connor had a delicious sense of humor and used it liberally. Note two examples of humor which appeal to you in her letters and state why you find them especially humorous.

Essay Topic 3

Ancestry and Celtic heritage take on an almost human persona in the letters. What is the foundation of Flannery's placing such an emphasis on heritage? Is this a typical Southern trait? Or is this a writer's quirk? Or is this simply Flannery's appreciation of the people who had come before her? Explain your opinion.

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