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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 type of plants does Mary have that bloom in the winter?

2. What does Dr. Burleigh state that Rosicky has that will provide him comfort?

3. When the doctor says, "Oh, yes! They're coming. Maybe they'd come faster if I married," what is he talking about?

4. Where did Loeffler buy wood from?

5. Who is described as "a tree that has not many roots"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rosicky's physical appearance.

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

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

4. Describe Polly's family.

5. Why does Rosicky want the alfalfa field to prosper so much?

6. What happened to Anton when his mother died?

7. When Doctor Burleigh tells Rosicky that he has a bad heart, what is Rosicky's excuse for feeling short of breath?

8. What is the "Father's Corner"?

9. What makes Polly want to drop her head on Rosicky's shoulder?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Neighbor Rosicky", Mary feeds other creatures and it is described as her natural expression of affection. Of course Mary gives food to her animals and children, but what other ways does Mary "feed" her family? What does Mary find most important in life? Is this the same thing that Anton focuses on? If so, why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the story of "Neighbor Rosicky", there is an underlying theme of pride. Rosicky has great pride in his family, in his profession, and in his land. Why does Rosicky feel pride for his family? Why does he feel pride for his land? Why is Rosicky proud of the choice he made to come to the country and farm the land? Does Rosicky's pride seem boastful? Why or why not?

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