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 other topic does Ichabod show great interest in learning?

2. What does Ichabod use often to discipline students?

3. Whom does the homeowners of Sleepy Hollow hear singing psalms at night?

4. What does Ichabod's physical features mimic?

5. What do the men discuss immediately after the dancing at the Van Tassel party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the residents' ethnicity matter to the storyline?

7. What does the author imply by using the allusion of the lion and the lamb?

8. 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?

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

10. When the men share battle bravery stories, what does Ichabod contribute to the conversation?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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