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. How long has it been since Motes drove a car before purchasing his new car in Taulkinham?

2. What does Mrs. Watts do for a living?

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

4. Where did Motes' family disappear off to before he arrived home?

5. At what time of day does Motes reach his old homestead after serving time in the military?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock?

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

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

5. How does Solace Layfield die?

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

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

8. From where does Motes purchase his new car?

9. What does fellow street preacher Hoover Shoats do that affects the following in Moats' congregation?

10. Who is Asa Hawks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Redemption is something that is extremely important to Motes throughout the entirety of the story "Wise Blood." First, explain what it meant to Motes to be "redeemed" when he was growing up. Then, compare / contrast the redemption Motes knew as a child to the redemption he knew as an adult. How did the idea of redemption fuel Motes' attitude toward religion in his adult life? How did Motes feel about redemption in the moments before he himself died? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Mrs. Greenleaf is a character that causes a great amount of stress in Mrs. May's life in the story "Greenleaf." First, describe Mrs. Greenleaf's character. What parts about her personality are most annoying to Mrs. May? Then, describe the parallels between Mrs. Greenleaf's spiritual life with Mrs. May's spiritual life? What is the significance of Mrs. Greenleaf's request for God to stab her in the heart? How do these words come back to haunt Mrs. May in her own spirituality? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

When she is getting read to disembark the bus in the story "Everything that Rises Must Converge," Julian's mother attempts to give young Carver a penny, much to the rage of his mother. First, explain why Julian's mother hoped to give young Carver a penny. Then, describe Carver's mother's reaction to the gift. Why did she react so violently? Do you think Carver's mother overreacted to the gift? Why or why not? Finally, explain how Carver's mother's reaction echoes the anger and promises of the growing civil rights movement from the time. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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