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  • 1. This week, I am directing you to find sources on the Sojourner Truth Library’s database,The Gale Literature Resource Center. For this quiz, you are not being asked as much aboutbiographical information as you are about the themes and topics that appear in the authors’stories.JOHN CHEEVERSource Citation"Revisiting John Cheevers Suburban Unrest." All Things Considered 24 Mar. 2009. LiteratureResource Center. Web. 23 June 2012.You may also find this source (and listen to it) at National Public Radio (NPR).URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1022883301.According to the article, Cheever is “best known for the witty, sharp-edged stories heoriginally published in The New Yorker about life _________.” [Fill in the blank]in the tony East Coast suburbs2. John Cheever celebrates life in the suburbs. True or False.3. Susan Cheever, John Cheever’s daughter, describes the family as not fitting in very well withtheir neighbors/community, calling them, “________________.”
  • 2. "exiles in America”4. Cheever did not have a formal education and was self-educated. True or False.5. For what famous magazine did Cheever writer?The New Yorker6. Susan Cheever finds the themes in her father’s work universal, noting that they contain “____________” (fill in the blank).“intense combination of darkness and light.”JAMES BALDWINSource CitationFlibbert, Joseph. "Sonnys Blues: Overview." Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Ed. NoelleWatson. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994. Literature Resource Center. Web. 23 June 2012.1. When was “Sonny’s Blues” first published?19572. James Baldwin, who lived in Europe for many years, wrote that the Old World’s vision was "asense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, in a word, of tragedy." According toBaldwin, what was the New World’s vision?"a sense of lifes possibilities."
  • 3. 3. How does the article’s author, Joseph Flibbert, define the blues?a mental and emotional state arising from recognition of limitation imposed4. What is it that Sonny and his brother need to learn?"theres no way not to suffer."5. According to Joseph Flibbert, Sonny’s brother has always identified strongly with his AfricanAmerican heritage and celebrates it, finding strength in his roots.FLANNERY O’CONNOR(note: This is an online source--watch the video too! The URL is:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/november-20-2009/flannery-oconnor/5043/Public Broadcasting Service. “Flannery O’Connor.” Religion and Ethics. PBS, 20 Nov. 2009.Web.2 May 2012.1. Flannery O’Connor was a devout Roman Catholic. True or False?2. According to Professor Ralph Wood, Flannery O’Connor was “Flannery O’Connor is the onlygreat ________ writer this nation has produced.” Fill in the blank.Christian3. Where did Flannery O’Connor “find” her characters? What did she call them--haunted bywhat?Bible belt; Christ-haunted4. Father Thomas Joseph White notes that Flannery O’Connor never includes Roman Catholicsacraments - - Baptism or the Mass - - in her stories. Instead, what kind of events occur in herstories?odd and grotesque, historically surprising events where people encounter the grace of God.5. According to Rafael Roman, O’Connor is still influencing artists today. Who are some of thepeople he lists?In recent years, O’Connor has become a favorite not only of writers and scholars but of artistsand entertainers of all stripes, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, the Coen brothers, and evenConan O’Brien and the creators of the hit TV series “Lost.”
  • 4. SANDRA CISNEROSSource CitationSarbanes, Janet. "An overview of The House on Mango Street." Literature Resource Center.Detroit: Gale, 2012. Literature Resource Center. Web. 23 June 2012.1. The House on Mango Street is a fictional autobiography that contains forty-four vignettes.Why can they be included in an anthology of short stories if they are from a novel?each stand on its own as a short story2. According to Sarbanes, The House on Mango Street is an example of what type of Chicanofiction in terms of its theme?the growing–up story, or bildungsroman, which forms a general theme of Chicano and Chicanaliterature
  • 5. 3. Janet Sarbanes writes that “Mango Street is populated by people who feel _____”? How? Fillin the blank.feel out of place, caught between two countries4. Cisneros “perceives to be the two predominant and contradictory images of women inMexican culture.” What are these images?La Malinche and la Virgen de Guadalupe

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