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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do Brom Bones and his boys do to the school house furniture?
(a) Sell it.
(b) Take it out of the school.
(c) Move it around.
(d) Burn it.

2. What does Ichabod Crane do for a living?
(a) He's a doctor.
(b) He's a mechanic.
(c) He's a preacher.
(d) He's a school teacher.

3. What is Ichabod's focus from the moment he visits the Van Tassel's home?
(a) To win Katrina's hand in marriage.
(b) To sing in front of Katrina.
(c) To defeat the Headless Horseman.
(d) To steal the Van Tassel's farm.

4. How many years have passed between the actual story and the narrator's telling of it?
(a) Thirty years.
(b) Five years.
(c) Twenty years.
(d) Sixteen years.

5. What is the name of the horse Ichabod is given to ride?
(a) Gracie.
(b) Gunpowder.
(c) Midnight.
(d) Buckshot.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose mouth "...watered as he looed upon this sumptous promise of luxurious winter fare?"

2. What is the narrator doing the day he happens upon Sleepy Hollow?

3. What is impressive about the Van Tassel's home?

4. According to the legend, where does the Headless Horseman appear each night?

5. In what war does the Headless Horseman fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What words does the speaker use to convey that there is in fact something magical and mystical about the area? How does this word choice create the mood?

2. Why does the narrator call Van Tassel's estate a "castle"?

3. Why does Brom always have a smug expression on his face when the story of Ichabod Crane is told?

4. Why did the church provide a perfect setting for the Headless Horseman stories?

5. When the men share battle bravery stories, what does Ichabod contribute to the conversation?

6. Why does the narrator refer to Ichabod as a "gawky bird" when seated upon Gunpowder?

7. Why does the story of the Headless Horseman dominate Sleepy Hollow's town's stories and landscape?

8. Why does the author describe Ichabod Crane's physical features as that of a bird?

9. How does Irving contradict himself and tease the reader?

10. What is one characterization of Ichabod?

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