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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. How many years does Dr. Burleigh think Rosicky's heart is good for?

2. What kind of papers does Rosicky keep on his shelf?

3. What was the name of the farmer that had the big rich farm and a wife who had just had a baby?

4. What kind of job did Rosicky have during his youth?

5. How old was Rosicky when he landed in New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the winter turn out badly for the farmers?

3. Describe the sight of the snow falling from Rosicky's perspective.

4. Describe Christmas Eve.

5. Describe Polly's family.

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

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

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

9. What conclusion does the doctor come to about the Rosicky family at the end of Part 1?

10. Why does Doctor Ed consider the country graveyard where Rosicky is buried to be beautiful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the opening lines of the story, "Neighbor Rosicky", we are introduced to Doctor Ed Burleigh. Describe Rosicky and Doctor Burleigh's relationship. Would you consider their relationship to be strictly a doctor and patient connection? Why or why not? How does Doctor Ed feel about Rosicky? How does Rosicky feel about Doctor Ed? What kind of dynamic does their relationship bring to the story?

Essay Topic 2

In the story, "Neighbor Rosicky", both Anton Rosicky and Doctor Ed stop by the graveyard to reflect and find solace. Why do you think the graveyard provides a peaceful place for pondering for both Rosicky and Doctor Burleigh? Why is this country graveyard different from a city graveyard? Describe the physical attributes of the graveyard. Use specific examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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