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. Flannery tells the Fitzgeralds that she is not good at ______________.

2. What is Flannery's marital status?

3. What kind of animal does Flannery want to be run over?

4. Who are the mutual friends that Flannery shares with William Sessions?

5. In what city was Flannery O'Connor born?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of the Editorial Note?

4. What important note about Flannery does the editor include at the beginning of this section?

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

6. In the same letter to Cecil Dawkins, how does Flannery distinguish between the beliefs of Southerners and Liberals?

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

8. Where did Flannery go after graduating college in 1945?

9. How does Flannery separate Catholics from Catholicism?

10. When and where was Flannery born and where did she live as a child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Flannery's Catholic beliefs are very important to her as evidenced in her letters. Why do you think Flannery is especially devout? Why do you think Flannery is willing to really dig into her religion and explore other Catholic writers and what they are saying? Does Flannery's illness play a part in her beliefs? Can she be considered a zealot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Flannery is very forthcoming about being an unmarried woman long past the time that most women have settled comfortably in marriages. Do you think Flannery longed for a personal commitment? Or was writing her only true love? What about Flannery's geographical location and personal health inhibited any chances for grand romance in her life? Was this something Flannery could live without or did she simply resign herself to that fact? Explain.

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