Flannery O'connor's "Good Country People"

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Flannery Oconnors "Good Country People" - Quiz

After reading Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People", answer the following 6 questions about key characters and plot.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Whom does Mrs. Hopewell refer to as "good country people"?

    • A.

      Mrs. Freeman

    • B.

      Joy

    • C.

      Manley Pointer

    • D.

      Both A and C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and C
    Explanation
    Mrs. Hopewell refers to Mrs. Freeman and Manley Pointer as "good country people" because she believes they are trustworthy, reliable, and have strong moral values. Mrs. Freeman is a loyal and hardworking farmhand who Mrs. Hopewell considers to be a good person. Manley Pointer, on the other hand, presents himself as a polite and well-mannered Bible salesman, which leads Mrs. Hopewell to believe that he is also a good person. However, it is later revealed that both Mrs. Freeman and Manley Pointer are deceptive and manipulative, challenging Mrs. Hopewell's perception of what it means to be a "good country person."

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  • 2. 

    What did Joy do as soon as she was twenty-one and away from home?

    • A.

      Get married

    • B.

      Get a job

    • C.

      Change her name

    • D.

      Change her religion

    Correct Answer
    C. Change her name
    Explanation
    As soon as Joy turned twenty-one and moved away from home, she decided to change her name. This suggests that she wanted to start a new chapter in her life and redefine her identity. Changing one's name can symbolize personal growth, independence, and a desire for self-expression. It is a common practice for individuals who want to distance themselves from their past or create a fresh start.

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  • 3. 

    Joy believes in God.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Joy believes in God" is given, and the correct answer is "False." This means that Joy does not believe in God.

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  • 4. 

    Why does Mrs. Hopewell invite Manley Pointer to dinner?

    • A.

      He has a heart condition.

    • B.

      He is a Christian.

    • C.

      He knows a friend of hers.

    • D.

      He is a country boy.

    Correct Answer
    A. He has a heart condition.
    Explanation
    Mrs. Hopewell invites Manley Pointer to dinner because he has a heart condition. This suggests that Mrs. Hopewell is being kind and compassionate towards him, as she wants to ensure that he is taken care of and comfortable during the meal. It also implies that she may have some medical knowledge or concern for his well-being, as she specifically mentions his heart condition as the reason for the invitation.

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  • 5. 

    What does Joy's leg represent? In your response, explain your rationale. Answer in complete sentences and limit your answer to no more than 5 sentences.

  • 6. 

    How might this story be different if it were set in a modern-day city instead of on a country farm in the 1940s?  In your response, explain your rationale.  Answer in complete sentences.  There is no limit to the length of your response.

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