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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 smile does Rosicky have?

2. What color is the grass that the graveyard is overgrown with?

3. What is next door to the farm-implement store?

4. What does Mr. Rosicky encounter when he goes out to his wagon?

5. What does Mr. Rosicky say he is going to build in the boys' room during the winter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What have Mary and Anton agreed upon about life?

2. What did Rosicky's boys like to do on Saturday nights?

3. What did the Methodist preacher encounter when he came to the Rosicky home?

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

5. What happened when Anton tried to find his cousin in London?

6. Where did Rosicky live in New York?

7. Why does Rosicky tell Polly not to telephone his "place"?

8. Why is Rosicky so fond of his boys?

9. When Mary leaves to go to town to see Doctor Ed, what does she have her boys do?

10. Why is it bothersome to Rosicky to tell a story to the family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Rudolph and Polly are newlyweds that are dealing with living with one another and getting used to each other. Polly is also dealing with learning to get used to country life. Compare and contrast the two newlyweds. Do you think the decision of marriage was a bad idea for them? Why or why not? What outside factors have an effect on Polly and Rudolph's marriage? How are they dealing with this factors?

Essay Topic 3

Rosicky describes the city as a place that is unnatural. What explanation does he give for this conclusion? Why do you think Rosicky feels this way? Do you think all of Rosicky's family members feel this way? Why or why not? Explain your reasoning behind this. How would Rosicky's life have been different if he had stayed in the city? Do you think he would have ever been truly happy spending his life in the city? Why or why not?

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