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 of the following do some residents believe bewitched the area?

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

3. What is the horse known to do when around a horse of the opposite sex?

4. How does Ichabod endear himself to mothers?

5. Who does Katrina whirl around and dance with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is the significance of Brom Bones's horse being named Daredevil?

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

6. What does the narrator mean when he says the region "breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies."

7. Why is Sleepy Hollow considered untouched by time?

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

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

10. What is the significance of Ichabod's voracious appetite throughout the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the symbolism of Ichabod's eyes being green? Explain how the author uses Ichabod's eye color to reveal aspects of his character. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence of your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

What is the importance of Ichabod's clothing blowing around him? Why is this an important detail about his character? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence of your opinion.

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