Good Country People: Summary, Characters, Theme & Analysis


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There are six themes in Flannery O'Connor's short story ''Good Country People.'' What are the themes in a story?

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1. In ''Good Country People,'' there are two important characters: Hulga and Manley Pointer. Which one of these is the protagonist and why?

2. In Flannery O'Connor's short story ''Good Country People,'' how would we describe Manley Pointer, and why would we describe him this way?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess and review what you know about Good Country People with this quiz and worksheet. This resource reviews the main themes, the important characters and vocabulary associated with the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet is designed to test what you know about:

  • What a theme is
  • Who the protagonist and antagonist were in the story
  • The term for how Hulga doesn't believe in anything
  • What a symbol is

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - revisit what you know about the characters in the story to answer questions about who the protagonist and antagonist are
  • Reading comprehension - check that you were able to extract the important vocabulary from what you read, such as the term for Hulga's lack of belief
  • Information recall - see if you can remember what a theme is in a literary work

Additional Learning

Find more details about this story with the lesson, Good Country People: Summary, Characters, Theme & Analysis. This lesson offers a more in-depth review of:

  • Where it was originally printed
  • Overview of the story
  • The main characters and key traits about them
  • The themes of the story
  • The misleading nature of self-identity represented in the story