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, where does the Headless Horseman appear each night?

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

3. What kind of horse is lent to Ichabod?

4. What is the one thing that causes Ichabod's interest to become a "holy" cause?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the descendants of Sleepy Hollow play into the story's atmosphere and mood?

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

3. Why does the narrator compare Katrina Van Tassel to food?

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

5. Why did some women in the community consider Ichabod a "good catch"?

6. How does Ichabod's rejection by Katrina play into his perception of the countryside at "bewitching time" of night?

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

8. What does it say about the residents of Sleepy Hollow that since Ichabod did not have "money nor family," that he was quickly forgotten?

9. 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?

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

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

Determine the antagonist in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and defend your opinion with details from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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