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. Which character's home is "bursting forth with the treasures of the farm"?

2. What are the boys from Sleepy Hollow called?

3. What is Ichabod's focus from the moment he visits the Van Tassel's home?

4. The men's conversation at the party move from one type of stories to what kind of stories?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ichabod's school was described as an eelpot. This is a structure used to keep eels in, making it difficult for them to leave. Why does the author chooses to use snakes and eels to describe Ichabod and his students? Explain the purpose and the tone the author wants to convey and support your response with text.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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