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 does Ichabod do to the students the evening of the Van Tassel event?

3. What is the name of Brom Bones's horse?

4. What does Brom's horse say about him?

5. Whom does Ichabod spend most of his evenings with and listen to regional tales of the marvelous and unexplainable?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the school's location symbolic of Ichabod's relationship with those in Sleepy Hollow?

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

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

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

5. In what ways is Ichabod Crane an anti-hero?

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

7. 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?

8. Why does the narrator go into details about how Sleepy Hollow came to be so mythical?

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

10. What is revealed when Ichabod takes notice of the food selections before acknowledging Katrina?

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

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 3

Explain how Ichabod's classroom becomes a "battleground." The types of battles the two combatants employ are very different. Compare and contrast the methods both men use to engage in battle for Katrina. Be sure to use examples from the text to support your answer.

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