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 do Brom Bones and his boys do to the school house furniture?

2. What is the time period of the story?

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

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

5. What is growing near the schoolhouse?

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

3. Why does the narrator compare woman to a force greater than the Devil?

4. What is the purpose of Brom Bones sharing his story of racing against the Headless Horseman?

5. 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?

6. What do the antics Brom Bones uses to derail Ichabod's efforts to win Katrina illustrate about his character?

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

9. What is the significance of Ichabod's singing psalms to quell or calm his fears to the story's ending?

10. Why does the narrator refer to Ichabod's desire to win Katrina's hand in marriage a "holy" quest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does the reader utilize historic life and integrate it into the story? The reader learns about varied aspects of a Hudson River community during the turn of the nineteenth century. What information does the author convey to the reader about this time period?

Part 1) What are the aspects of a school and teachers?

Part 2) How are marriages arranged and conducted?

Part 3) How does church impact the community?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the introduction of the story, the papers being found in those left by a dead man, gives credibility to the story. Does having an actual source support the author's suggested tone that what is revealed is fact. Why or why not? Does it help the author's purpose because the man is dead and no longer around to dispute the claims laid out in the rest of the story?

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