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. The letters in this section cover the years of ___________________.

2. For what gift does Flannery thank the Fitzgeralds?

3. In a letter to "A" Flannery tells about how to handle _______________.

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

5. What is Flannery's response when people get the titles of her books wrong?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Sally Fitzgerald's suggestion of why Flannery is working so diligently at this point in her life?

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

4. What does Flannery write regarding faith and skepticism to Alfred Corn?

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

6. How does Flannery say she reacted when seeing the scope of the changes on her manuscript?

7. What is unusual about Flannery's friend, Louise's, visit to a doctor for the flu?

8. What is the title of this Part and why is it significant?

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

10. How does Flannery describe her writing process?

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

Sadness takes on an almost human persona in these letters. Why did O'Connor's letters have a hint of sadness? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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