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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 did Mason leave Rayber when he was a boy, to prove that God would provide for him?
2. How old is Francis when Mason Tarwater dies?
3. What does Francis dream about when he falls asleep in the truck driver's cab on his way back to the farm?
4. What food item does the first truck driver give to Francis before dropping him off at the side of the road?
5. What is the name of the lodge Rayber takes Francis to during their one-on-one fishing trip?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Francis prove his difficult nature to Rayber after moving in with him?
2. How does Bishop die?
3. How did George Rayber go deaf?
4. How was Mason Tarwater buried?
5. Why does Francis fear having to bury his uncle at the opening of the story,"The Violent Bear it Away"?
6. Why was Mason Tarwater admitted into a mental institution, and how did he get out?
7. How does Mason's neighbor, Buford Munson, react when he hears that Mason is dead?
8. What type of interaction does Francis have with the first truck driver that picks him up from the side of the road?
9. What is Francis' initial reaction when he meets his cousin, Bishop?
10. Who is Lucette, and what impact does she have on Rayber when the meet?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout his life, Francis has two main father figures: Mason and Rayber. First, describe what happened to Francis' real father. Why did he come to believe himself to be an orphan? Then, compare / contrast both Mason and Rayber as father figures. What is the same about their parenting styles? What is different? How did each of these men influence young Francis' life? Finally, explain what message you think Flannery O'Connor is trying to give her audience about fatherhood. What does O'Connor believe the characteristics of a good father are? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text that you believe help to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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