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. As a young boy, what did Motes want to be when he grew up?

2. What sin causes Motes to fill his shoes in Taulkinham?

3. How long did Motes have to wait for the train to reach Taulkinham?

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

5. Where does Enoch Emory work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Motes' reaction when he was drafted to the army?

2. Who is Mrs. Watts?

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

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

5. From where does Motes purchase his new car?

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

7. Who is Gongo the Gorilla?

8. Who is Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock?

9. What act does Enoch Emory commit that is directly related to his "wise blood"?

10. How does Solace Layfield die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "Revelation", Mrs. Turpin's favorite past time is organizing groups of people into a hierarchy. First, describe the hierarchy that Mrs. Turpin creates when she is sitting in the doctor's office with Claud. Who is at the top of this ladder? Who is at the bottom? Then, compare / contrast this hierarchy to the hierarchy Mrs. Turpin sees in her final revelation. Who is at the top of this ladder? Who is at the bottom? Finally, describe Mrs. Turpin's emotional reaction to her revelation of Heaven. How do you think this revelation will change the way Mrs. Turpin views the world and the people in it? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the story "Wise Blood," Motes struggles with the pull between his flesh and his spirit. First, describe the pull that Motes feels between his religious background and his quest against the soul. What actions does this pull lead Motes to partake in? What led Motes to believe that he had no soul? At any point in the story did you agree with Motes that he had no soul? Why or why not? Finally, what was Motes' relationship with his conscience like in his quest to fulfill his flesh? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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