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 kind of horse is lent to Ichabod?

2. What does Ichabod's physical features mimic?

3. What does Ichabod Crane do for a living?

4. What does Ichabod feast his eyes on first when he arrives at the Van Tassel's home?

5. What other topic does Ichabod show great interest in learning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the story of the Headless Horseman dominate Sleepy Hollow's town's stories and landscape?

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

4. Why does the narrator refer to Ichabod as a "gawky bird" when seated upon Gunpowder?

5. Why is Ichabod's appetite for the occult a necessary part of the plot?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the reader utilize historic life and integrate it into the story? The reader learns about varied aspects of a Hudson River community during the turn of the nineteenth century. What information does the author convey to the reader about this time period?

Part 1) What are the aspects of a school and teachers?

Part 2) How are marriages arranged and conducted?

Part 3) How does church impact the community?

Essay Topic 2

Interpret the meaning of The Headless Horseman's race with Ichabod Crane after the Van Tassel's party. What does this event in the story mean? What purpose does the author hope to serve by presenting the Headless Horseman character in this manner?

Essay Topic 3

The author's use of names reveals a lot about the characters. Select a character from the story and describe what his/her name reveals about the character. Use examples from the text to discuss and support your answer.

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