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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) Move it around.
(c) Take it out of the school.
(d) Burn it.

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

3. Whom does the homeowners of Sleepy Hollow hear singing psalms at night?
(a) Ichabod Crane.
(b) Brom Bones.
(c) Katrina Van Tassel.
(d) Headless Horseman.

4. Whom does Ichabod hang out with when not in class?
(a) His older boy students.
(b) The preacher.
(c) The milkman.
(d) The blacksmith.

5. What does Ichabod use often to discipline students?
(a) A wooden paddle.
(b) A belt.
(c) Birch switches.
(d) A rod.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ichabod's greatest fear of encountering when walking home at night?

2. What day does the narrator find Sleepy Hollow?

3. Which character's home is "bursting forth with the treasures of the farm"?

4. What does the author consider to be a quest for Ichabod?

5. What other name is The Headless Horseman called?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sleepy Hollow considered untouched by time?

2. How does Ichabod's rejection by Katrina play into his perception of the countryside at "bewitching time" of night?

3. In what ways does Washington Irving lend credibility to his story?

4. What does it say about the residents of Sleepy Hollow that since Ichabod did not have "money nor family," that he was quickly forgotten?

5. Why does Ichabod endear himself to the village's mothers?

6. How does the telling of the ghost stories set up the mood for the story's climax?

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

8. What examples of Ichabod's character show him as self serving and vain?

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

10. Why is it important that the reader knows the action part of the tale takes place thirty years previous to the time of the telling of the story?

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