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 Van Brunt known for?

2. What country are the descendants of Sleepy Hollow from?

3. What is the one adjective the author uses to describe Van Brunt?

4. What is the horse known to do when around a horse of the opposite sex?

5. When does the Headless Horseman make his runs through the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Why is Ichabod's one-room school compared to an eelpot?

5. Why does the narrator go into details about how Sleepy Hollow came to be so mythical?

6. What is the purpose of the poem?

7. 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?

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

9. What does the narrator mean when he says the region "breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies."

10. What is revealed when Ichabod takes notice of the food selections before acknowledging Katrina?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ichabod and Brom are both competing for Katrina Van Tassels's affection. Compare and contrast how each one tries to win her hand at marriage.

Part 1) Compare how Brom and Ichabod react at the Van Tassel's party to Katrina's flirting.

Part 2) Contrast how Brom and Ichabod behave at the men's meeting after the party.

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

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the narrator describes Ichabod as a scarecrow. At the end of the story, a smashed pumpkin is found, but Ichabod has vanished. What is the significance of using the scarecrow and pumpkin for Ichabod? Why did the author want to convey about Ichabod's character?

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