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

2. What type of cap does Rosicky wear?

3. What do Mary and Anton speak to each other besides English?

4. What is in the soil on Mr. Rosicky's farm?

5. After Anton's grandfather died whom did he go to live with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the two years of his youth that Rosicky doesn't like to remember?

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

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

7. Why did the winter turn out badly for the farmers?

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

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

10. Why doesn't Rosicky agree to go with Rudolph to the movies when Polly suggests it to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Rosicky looks back on his life, he doesn't like to think about the two years he spent in London. We first read about his look back on his life in New York. Later in the story Rosicky does reflect on his time in London. Why do you think he finally lets his mind run free and remember the two years he would like to forget? Why did he relate the story of the goose to his whole family when he couldn't bear to remember these hard years?

Essay Topic 2

During the opening lines of the story, "Neighbor Rosicky", we are introduced to Doctor Ed Burleigh. Describe Rosicky and Doctor Burleigh's relationship. Would you consider their relationship to be strictly a doctor and patient connection? Why or why not? How does Doctor Ed feel about Rosicky? How does Rosicky feel about Doctor Ed? What kind of dynamic does their relationship bring to the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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