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. Which god does Flannery write about in this section?

2. According to Flannery, seeing her novel in print is _______________.

3. In what visible way is Flannery's mother different from Flannery?

4. During her adult life, Flannery found respite in fresh air and _________________.

5. Which of the following is true about Flannery O'Connor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Flannery's humble work mirrors her simple lifestyle.

2. What is Flannery's perspective on helping other writers?

3. What is Sally Fitzgerald's perspective on how Flannery dealt with her illness?

4. To which person does Flannery write both the first and last letters in this section?

5. What is known about the last letter Flannery ever wrote?

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

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

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

9. How does Sally Fitzgerald's being a friend of Flannery's enriched the experience of the letters for the reader?

10. What pattern begins to emerge in the letters regarding the addressees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of Flannery's stories are classic stories of the search for love. What does that classification entail? Why would this powerful drive seem to elude Flannery in her own life? Was this by design? Or was Flannery simply unlucky in her pursuit of love and romance in her life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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