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. According to the legend, how does the Headless Horseman lose his head?

2. What does the Headless Horseman search for in the village each day?

3. What is the narrator doing the day he happens upon Sleepy Hollow?

4. What does Ichabod Crane do for a living?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one characterization of Ichabod?

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

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

4. How does the quatrain poem help establish the tone?

5. What is the purpose of the narrator?

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

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

8. Why does the author describe Ichabod Crane's physical features as that of a bird?

9. The narrator compares Ichabod to an anaconda which is able to ingest huge quantities without permanently altering its shape. Why else is Ichabod like a snake?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The author's descriptions of Ichabod Crane, even the usage of his surname, conjures the images of a bird. Why does the author want the reader to see Ichabod as birdlike? Is it because he is flighty? Or does his gossiping with the women in town one of "cawing" like a raven? Describe why and how the author continues to connect Ichabod to a bird and what purpose the author does this.

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