Neighbor Rosicky Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the name of the neighbors that sold more cream than the Rosickys?

3. What did Mary think the neighbor children look like?

4. What does Rosicky do in the afternoons at the house?

5. Where had Rosicky's father and grandfather worked?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Rosicky's physical appearance.

3. What were Mary and Anton doing on the Fourth of July when it was so hot that it burned up everything?

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

5. Why was it hard for Rosicky to figure out why he felt "restless"?

6. What did Anton Rosicky do when he found out his cousin had moved to America?

7. What is Rosicky the first to know about from Polly?

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

9. Describe Rosicky and Zichec's life in the loft.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story, "Neighbor Rosicky", there are many times where Anton Rosicky is described in detail. The descriptions used in the story help the reader discover who Anton Rosicky is. Why do you think Willa Cather spent so much time describing Anton's physical appearance? How do these descriptions help shape the reader's opinion of Anton? Use specific examples from the story to support your findings.

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

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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