Three by Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood ; the Violent Bear It Away ; Everything That Rises Must Converge 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. How old was George Rayber when Mason kidnapped him?

2. What is the name of the lodge Rayber takes Francis to during their one-on-one fishing trip?

3. What does Rayber say to the innkeeper that deeply annoys Francis?

4. When "The Violent Bear it Away" opens, how long has Mason Tarwater been dead?

5. What nickname does Rayber give to Francis during their fishing trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did George Rayber go deaf?

2. How did Francis Tarwater come to live with his great-uncle Mason?

3. What events lead up to Francis vomiting in a lake?

4. Why was Mason Tarwater admitted into a mental institution, and how did he get out?

5. What type of interaction does Francis have with the second driver that picks him up from the side of the road?

6. What is Francis' initial reaction when he meets his cousin, Bishop?

7. Who is Lucette, and what impact does she have on Rayber when the meet?

8. What conversation does Francis have with Meeks right after Mason dies?

9. How was Mason Tarwater buried?

10. Who is Francis' "stranger" who is later referred to as his "friend"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in the story "Wise Blood" have extreme relationships with religion, and religion is easily corrupted by the characters of this story. First, describe the type of religion Motes grew up with as a child. Then, compare / contrast that religion to the religion he started as an adult. Then, choose one character whose life benefited from extreme religion and compare / contrast their relationship with religion to a character whose life was harmed due to extreme religion. In the end, what message do you think O'Connor was sending to her audience about religion? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel, it becomes clear that Mason Tarwater and George Rayber are both interested in Francis' redemption. First, describe what these two father-figures consider redemption to be. What do each of these men believe Francis needs to be redeemed from? Do you agree with them? Why or why not? Then, explain how each of these men attempted to inculcate their ideas into young Tarwater. Were they successful? Why or why not? Then, describe Francis' redemption process. At the end of the novel, do you think Francis is redeemed for the sins he committed in childhood? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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