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 the one thing Katrina is known to do?

2. What does Ichabod feast his eyes on first when he arrives at the Van Tassel's home?

3. What does Ichabod's horse do when he tries to cross the stream's bridge?

4. The disclaimer at the beginning of the tales state the papers belonged to who?

5. Where must the Headless Horseman return each day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator describe the day he happened upon Sleepy Hollow?

2. How is the tone the author utilizes to describe Brom's and Ichabod's attempts to win Katrina's hand in marriage comical or humorous?

3. What does the author imply by using the allusion of the lion and the lamb?

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

5. What does Ichabod's clothing blowing loosely around him symbolize?

6. Why does the residents' ethnicity matter to the storyline?

7. Why does the narrator compare Ichabod and Brom to demi-gods?

8. When the speaker says, "authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre...", whom are the authentic historians?

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

10. How does finding the papers amongst a dead man establish tone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism of Ichabod's eyes being green? Explain how the author uses Ichabod's eye color to reveal aspects of his character. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence of your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Determine the antagonist in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and defend your opinion with details from the text.

Essay Topic 3

How is Greek Mythology referenced in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Is it used effectively to portray a theme or describe a situation? Why or why not?

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