The Habit of Being: Letters 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 did Flannery think about the writing process?

2. Flannery admits to not being very good at ____________.

3. In what city does Flannery visit with Mr. and Mrs. Rumsey Haynes?

4. When discussing religious cultural differences, Flannery notes the problem of evil and ___________.

5. Why does Flannery need a limo in New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. What topics seem to run consistently through Flannery's letters?

2. How does Flannery describe her driving test debacle to Maryat Lee?

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

4. What is the nature of the illness from which Flannery suffers?

5. What is revealed about Flannery's lifestyle in this section?

6. How can a photo of Flannery falling with a bottle of liquor in her hand be misconstrued?

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

8. How does the reader know that the person known as "A" is an important one in Flannery's life?

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

10. What writing advice does Flannery give to Cecil Dawkins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select three people to whom Flannery wrote letters and write a brief character sketch for each. Be sure to include emotional states, physical characteristics, and their connections to Flannery.

Essay Topic 2

Flannery O'Connor was no stranger to disappointment and rejection. From what you know of O'Connor's life and personality through these letters, what were her biggest letdowns? How did she manage through them? How did her coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of her life? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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