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1. Using “Good Country People” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” show how O’Connor addresses her dislike for “social hierarchy, pseudo-intellectuals, and people who are outwardly religious but lack God’s grace.” Note: Each story may not have all three.
2. Explain how William Faulkner’s “The Bear” and “Barn Burning” are, at heart, rites of passage stories for the young boys in them. Avoid plot summary but do situate your narrative in an appropriate context
3. In Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” Harry’s line “The marvelous thing is that it’s painless” supports the reading that the story is about a spiritual death as much a physical one. Explain how this idea is developed and supported and include any symbols that Hemingway uses to bear this out.
4. Stephen Crane’s novella “Maggie, A Girl of the Streets” falls into the genres of both realism and naturalism. However, it more fully serves that of naturalism. By examining the conflicts among
Maggie and the other characters, show how Crane accomplishes this assertion.
5. “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”: Examine each of the three characters in this story and decide whether they are sympathetic, unsympathetic, or a complex mixture of both in the literary sense.