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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 does Mr. Rosicky's back look like?

2. What did Rosicky find wrong with the cities?

3. Why does Mr. Rosicky need ticking?

4. Rosicky claims he was short of breath doing what last summer?

5. In the beginning of "Neighbor Rosicky", to whom is Rosicky talking

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Rosicky, what is the problem with big cities?

3. Why does the doctor tell Rosicky he wants to see Rosicky live a few years and enjoy them?

4. What were Rosicky's Saturday nights like in New York?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why didn't Mary want to sell more cream when the creamery agent tried to persuade them otherwise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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.

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