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. Louise is ill and visits the doctor for the first time at the age of ____________.

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

3. Flannery writes that one of her women friends is going to ___________ in spite of not having won a Fulbright.

4. In the last letter she ever wrote, Flannery uses the salutation of "Dear Raybat" and the closing of _______________.

5. Out of the many people to whom Flannery writes, who receives only one letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Flannery's health as the year 1963 comes to a close?

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

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

5. How does Flannery describe her writing process?

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

7. How does Flannery show that her characters become very real for her?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Flannery O'Connor. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What is her primary motivation at this point in her life?

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

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.

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