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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. Where had Rosicky's father and grandfather worked?

2. Where in New York did Rosicky land?

3. What kind of papers does Rosicky keep on his shelf?

4. What is the most disagreeable feeling that Rosicky knows?

5. How many boys does Rosicky have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Polly marry Rudolph and how did they know each other?

2. Describe Rosicky's physical appearance.

3. When Mary leaves to go to town to see Doctor Ed, what does she have her boys do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rudolph and Polly are newlyweds that are dealing with living with one another and getting used to each other. Polly is also dealing with learning to get used to country life. Compare and contrast the two newlyweds. Do you think the decision of marriage was a bad idea for them? Why or why not? What outside factors have an effect on Polly and Rudolph's marriage? How are they dealing with this factors?

Essay Topic 2

When Rosicky was young and living in New York he enjoyed the nightlife on the weekends and worked during the week. Later, Rosicky has a family and land of his own and his lifestyle is much different than it was in his youth. Compare and contrast Anton Rosicky's different lifestyles that he has had during his lifetime. Between his youth in London, his young adulthood in New York, and his later years on the farm what things helped mold Rosicky? Which lifestyle was the most satisfying for Rosicky? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the story of "Neighbor Rosicky", there is always a feeling of hopefulness and of happiness even when Rosicky tells of or ponders on harder times in his life. How does Willa Cather carry the feeling of happiness through to the reader? How is Rosicky happy even though has not enjoyed too many of the finer things in life? Has Anton Rosicky missed some of what life has to offer? Why or why not? Does Rosicky pass on his happiness? If so, how and why?

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