The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one force greater than the Devil that was to be feared?

2. Where does Ichabod live for weeks at a time?

3. Neighbors usually dismiss the antics and disturbances of whom?

4. What day does the narrator find Sleepy Hollow?

5. Which of the following do some residents believe bewitched the area?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the irony of the farmer's claim that Ichabod was alive and was judging others?

2. How do the descendants of Sleepy Hollow play into the story's atmosphere and mood?

3. What is unusual about how the characters are introduced in this story versus other short stories and is it effective?

4. 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?

5. Why is Sleepy Hollow considered untouched by time?

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

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

8. How is the school's location symbolic of Ichabod's relationship with those in Sleepy Hollow?

9. Why is the place called Tarry Town?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author set the story up so that the reader believes anything can happen? How does he toy with the reader? What phrases and word choices does he use to convey the mystic of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used to set up later events in a story. Where does the author use foreshadowing? How is it utilized? Use examples from the text to discuss and support how this use of foreshadowing is effective, or not effective for the story.

Essay Topic 3

How does the reader utilize historic life and integrate it into the story? The reader learns about varied aspects of a Hudson River community during the turn of the nineteenth century. What information does the author convey to the reader about this time period?

Part 1) What are the aspects of a school and teachers?

Part 2) How are marriages arranged and conducted?

Part 3) How does church impact the community?

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