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. Where is the church located?

2. Whose mouth "...watered as he looed upon this sumptous promise of luxurious winter fare?"

3. Where is Ichabod originally from?

4. How does Brom Bones want to settle the dispute for Katrina's hand in marriage?

5. How old is Katrina Van Tassel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the point of Gunpowder's frequent stops, starts, and turns to the race Ichabod has with the Headless Horseman?

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

3. How does Irving contradict himself and tease the reader?

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

5. What is the purpose of describing Tarry Town before actually talking about Sleepy Hollow where the story takes place?

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

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

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

9. Why is the place called Tarry Town?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Ichabod is set up as the protagonist, some modern readers may believe him to be an anti-hero. Do you think he is a protagonist or an anti-hero? Support your response with specific references to the text.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author's methods at the beginning of the story set the tone?

Part 1) How does the usage of the quatrain poem further promote the tone?

Part 2) How does the poem's word choice also promote the tone?

Part 3) The papers are said to be found amongst those of a dead man. How does this promote the tone?

Essay Topic 3

Interpret the meaning of The Headless Horseman's race with Ichabod Crane after the Van Tassel's party. What does this event in the story mean? What purpose does the author hope to serve by presenting the Headless Horseman character in this manner?

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