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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Rosicky cleans up at Rudolph's house, what does he sweep?
2. What kind of woman does Rosicky find terrifying and horrible?
3. Polly asks Rosicky to tell her about a city; which city is it?
4. Who gave Mary the seeds of the Jerusalem cherry trees?
5. What does Polly dislike about housework?
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
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 3
Rosicky enjoyed a good life while in New York. What do you think finally pushed him to the point that he wanted more from life? Why was his life not as fulfilling as some people might have thought? Do you think Rudolph would have been happy with the life that Rosicky led in New York? Do you think Polly would have enjoyed a life with Rudolph better in the city? Why or why not? Do you think Polly will become accustomed to living in the country? Why or why not?
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