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The Displaced Person

The Displaced Person


by Flannery O'Connor

The Displaced Person Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. In what ways might the various characters all be displaced persons?
  2. If this story was set in the modern day, how would it be different? How might it be the same?
  3. Who is your favorite character in "The Displaced Person"? Why?
  4. Who is the wisest character in the short story?
  5. Are there acts of kindness in the story? If so, what are they? Does Mrs. McIntyre perform any kind acts?
  6. Are there funny parts to "A Displaced Person"? If so, why do you find them funny? If not, why do you think the story is humorless?
  7. What do you make of Mrs. Shortley vision of a being with wheels and eyes?

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