Three by Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood ; the Violent Bear It Away ; Everything That Rises Must Converge 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. What does Emory do with his own clothes while he is wearing the Gonga outfit?

2. What does Motes fill his shoes with as penance for sins?

3. Where is Motes' body found by two policemen shortly before his death?

4. What type of car does Motes buy in Taulkinham?

5. What is the only item of furniture left in Motes' home when he arrives there?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Emory get his revenge on Gongo the Gorilla?

2. Who is Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock?

3. Where does Motes sleep on his first night home from the army?

4. What state is Motes' house in when he returns home from the army?

5. What obsessive acts does Enoch Emory engage in to feel closer to mankind?

6. Who is Mrs. Flood, and what is her relationship to Moats?

7. What is the aftermath of Layfield's death on Moat's life?

8. What story does Sabbath tell Motes about her childhood that makes him pity her?

9. What is Motes' initial reaction to the town of Taulkinham?

10. From where does Motes purchase his new car?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the 1960's, the South was completely torn apart into the old and the new with the new desegregation and anti-discrimination laws that transformed the land. How do you see these laws depicted in the story "Everything that Rises Must Converge"? How do Julian and his mother represent the old and new South in the story? What do Julian and his mother fight about most regularly? How do these clashes between Julian and his mother mimic the greater conflicts in Southern society? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

The story "Wise Blood" is often viewed as a comedic Southern Gothic because it portrays the ugliness of the human spirit in a way so manipulated and bizarre that it could be considered funny. First, describe one character that you believe embodies the "Southern Gothic" style. What makes this character too over-the-top to be believed? What makes this character "grotesque"? Then, explain whether or not you believe this story should be considered a comedy. What, if anything, makes it funny? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Both Mason and Francis Tarwater have an extreme obsession with the Roman Catholic tradition of baptism. Why was this ceremony so important to Mason? What message did he pass on to Francis about the importance of baptism? Then, describe Francis' personal mission to get his cousin, Bishop, baptized. Why did Francis think this particular baptism was so important? What methods did Francis attempt to get Bishop properly baptized? Finally, describe the events the lead up to Bishop's inadvertent baptism in the fishing lake. How did the baptism lead to death? What symbolism can be found in the parallelism of baptism and crucifixion in Bishop's case? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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