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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 did Rosicky find wrong with the cities?

2. What day did the young Rosicky find out what was "the matter with him"?

3. What does Mary tell the doctor that he should keep handy to brush in his hair every morning?

4. Who does Rudolph state had been lifting heavy milk cans?

5. Mr. Rosicky's mustache is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rosicky's physical appearance.

2. When the doctor arrived for breakfast at the Rosicky home, what did the children help him with?

3. Why would Rosicky rather have his sons deal with the hardships of country farm life than deal with city life?

4. What happened to Anton when his mother died?

5. Rosicky tells Mary he can do some carpenter work during the winter. What does he tell Mary he will work on?

6. What does Rosicky reflect on as he is looking out his window and listening to the wind blow?

7. What is the "Father's Corner"?

8. Describe Polly's appearance when Rosicky brings the car to her and Rudolph's house.

9. Why does Rosicky want the alfalfa field to prosper so much?

10. What was the worst thing Rosicky had come upon in his journey through the world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Doctor Burleigh thinks of a time when he delivered a baby for a neighbor of the Rosickys who were better off than the Rosicky family. Doctor Ed decides to go to the Rosicky household to have breakfast instead of lingering at the Marshalls' farm. Why do you think Doctor Ed made this decision? What is it about the Rosicky home that makes people feel welcome? What elements in describing the Rosicky home did Willa Cather use to make the reader feel "welcome"? What are the key elements that Anton uses to make people feel welcome in his home? What are the strengths that Mary has to help welcome her guests?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the simple things that Anton Rosicky enjoys in life. Does this make Rosicky an easy target for neighbors and townspeople to ridicule him? Why? Do you think Rosicky cares what other people are saying about him and his simplicity? Does Rosicky find ultimate joy in the simplicity of his life? If so, how? What simple things does Mary learn to enjoy from Anton? Do you think Mary helps Anton appreciate the simplicity of his life? How? Does Anton's family share the same simple life views? Does Doctor Ed share these views?

Essay Topic 3

In "Neighbor Rosicky", Mary feeds other creatures and it is described as her natural expression of affection. Of course Mary gives food to her animals and children, but what other ways does Mary "feed" her family? What does Mary find most important in life? Is this the same thing that Anton focuses on? If so, why?

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