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 does Francis know that he has been sexually assaulted?

2. Which of the following activities does Francis refuse to do while he is living with Rayber?

3. What part of Rayber's body was irrevocably damaged during his altercation with Mason about Francis' kidnapping?

4. Where did Mason leave Rayber when he was a boy, to prove that God would provide for him?

5. Which of Mason's relatives was considered to be an evil drunk incapable of being saved?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did George Rayber come to live with his uncle, Mason?

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

3. What type of interaction does Francis have with the first truck driver that picks him up from the side of the road?

4. Why does Francis fear having to bury his uncle at the opening of the story,"The Violent Bear it Away"?

5. How does Bishop die?

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

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

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

9. What event at the science museum jars Rayber into remembering his own religious childhood?

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

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

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

Throughout his adult life, Mason Tarwater often tried to communicate with Rayber, whom he considered to be his lost son. One of the methods through which Mason communicated with Rayber was through a journal. Why did Mason start writing in Rayber's journal in the first place? What was Rayber's reaction to the journal when it was unearthed? Finally, explain what you think the meaning of the message, "The prophet I will raise up out of this boy will burn your eyes clean," which Mason wrote to Rayber about Francis. Did the old man's promise ever come true? Does Tarwater ever open Rayber's eyes? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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