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. Where is Sabbath's mother?

2. Which of the following subjects does Motes dream about on his way home from the military?

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

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

5. Which of the following items is NOT advertised for in neon lights in the city of Taulkinham?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Enoch Emory believe is his "secret mystery"?

2. Who is Asa Hawks?

3. How does Solace Layfield die?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many of the characters in the story "Wise Blood" have a near obsession with money and materialism. First, describe the way that Motes views materialism in relationship to living a good life. How does Motes feel about himself when people notice his material wealth? How does he feel about himself when people notice his spirituality? For Motes, how are materialism and religion inextricably intertwined? Which, in Motes' perspective, leads to a better life, having money, or having a clean soul? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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