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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. Where was the young Rosicky when he found out what was "the matter with him"?

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

4. Why does Mr. Rosicky need ticking?

5. What does Rosicky have that is long and brown?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Rosicky home as Mary and Anton enter it.

3. Why did Polly marry Rudolph and how did they know each other?

4. What does Rosicky do when he leaves Doctor Burleigh's office?

5. Why has life gone well between Anton and Mary Rosicky?

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

7. Describe Polly's family.

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

9. Why does Rosicky tell the boys he isn't going to let them have the car for a while?

10. After Rudolph and Polly leave for town what does Rosicky do?

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

Rosicky describes embarrassment as the most disagreeable feeling that he knows. Why do you think he feels this way? What are some times in Rosicky's life where you think he may have felt embarrassed and why? Where are some instances in the story where Rosicky may not have felt embarrassed, but someone else may have? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

Willa Cather uses flashbacks often in her story, "Neighbor Rosicky". What benefit to the reader do the flashbacks provide? What connections to Rosicky did you feel after reading the flashback sections? Do you think Cather used the flashbacks too much, too little, or just right? Why? How would the story be different if there were no flashbacks provided?

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