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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. Rosicky subscribed for Bohemian papers printed where?

2. What amuses Rosicky about the girl who always waits on him at the store?

3. Rosicky complains that though he is getting to be an old man he's not what yet?

4. Why does Mr. Rosicky need ticking?

5. What is the name of Rosicky's oldest son?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the doctor picks ups his stethoscope, why does he frown?

2. Why did the doctor stop by last winter for breakfast at the Rosickys'?

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

4. What is the doctor's response to Rosicky when Rosicky suggests he just get a new heart?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the biggest difference between Mary and Anton?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the short story, "Neighbor Rosicky", Anton Rosicky is obviously the protagonist. Who or what in the book would be considered to be the antagonist? What is your reasoning behind this conclusion? Cite specific examples from the story to support your views.

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