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

2. What does Ichabod do to the students the evening of the Van Tassel event?

3. What is Ichabod's greatest fear of encountering when walking home at night?

4. What does Ichabod do to quell his fears when walking home at night?

5. Which of the following do some residents believe bewitched the area?

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. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. How does the storyteller use similes to describe the school and Ichabod's students?

6. What words does the speaker use to convey that there is in fact something magical and mystical about the area? How does this word choice create the mood?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain how Ichabod's classroom becomes a "battleground." The types of battles the two combatants employ are very different. Compare and contrast the methods both men use to engage in battle for Katrina. Be sure to use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The author's use of names reveals a lot about the characters. Select a character from the story and describe what his/her name reveals about the character. Use examples from the text to discuss and support your answer.

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