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. In what war does the Headless Horseman fight?

2. What is the name of Brom Bones's horse?

3. What other topic does Ichabod show great interest in learning?

4. What kind of horse is lent to Ichabod?

5. What does Brom Bones tell the other men he does with the Headless Horseman?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How was the metaphor of a knight used within this story?

4. What was strange about how Ichabod distributed discipline in his school?

5. What is the significance of Brom Bones's horse being named Daredevil?

6. What qualifies the tale at the beginning of the story?

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

9. What is the significance of Ichabod's voracious appetite throughout the story?

10. What is the significance of Ichabod leading others in psalms and proudly standing in church singing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of a birch tree growing near the school house cabin and why is it ironic? The narrator refers to Ichabod's use of discipline and his type of discipline often allowed the weak to escape but the strong were severely punished.

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