The Habit of Being: Letters 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 is Flannery's response when people get the titles of her books wrong?

2. Flannery has fears that her books _______________________.

3. For what gift does Flannery thank the Fitzgeralds?

4. When Louise gets drunk she insists on ______________________.

5. What is the title of Flannery's second novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Flannery describe her writing process?

2. How does Flannery describe a teaching assignment to Cecil?

3. What has become evident about the information Flannery shares with her different friends?

4. How does Flannery use sarcasm to congratulate a friend on winning a major book award?

5. What fear about her book does Flannery share in a letter in this section?

6. What is known about Flannery's romantic or personal life as revealed through her letters?

7. What outstanding quality emerges when looking at the length of time span for the letters?

8. What does Flannery share with "A" about seeing her novel in print?

9. Which are the main topics Flannery consistently addresses in her letters?

10. What does Flannery write about conversion to her friend, "A?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Flannery O'Connor is famous for her use of terrifying or shocking situations for her characters. Based on what you know about her from her letters, why do you think O'Connor chose shocking and frightening situations for her characters? Are you surprised that this type of characterization could come from such a seemingly demure Southern woman? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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