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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. Who believes you are never be too smart for Sarah?

2. How does Jesse feel about David's disappearance at the end of this story?

3. What makes Elizabeth use the "feeble flame of life that remains in her body" to get out of bed and creep toward George's bedroom one July evening?

4. Why is it Jesse's fault his wife dies?

5. Where does Jesse take David to pray?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kate tell George about writing in "The Teacher"?

2. What makes Jesse believe that the other farmers are enemies of God?

3. How does Dr. Parcival describe his mother and brother?

4. How is Wing different around George?

5. Why does Jesse leave his family's farm as a young man?

6. What is the relationship between Helen and the instructor in "Sophistication"?

7. What happens the second time Elmer tries to talk to George?

8. What do Seth and Helen talk about on their walk?

9. How do the Hardy girls respond to Louise when she comes to stay with them?

10. What does the idea of death do to the writer in "The Book of the Grotesque"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does "The Book of the Grotesques" set up the rest of the book? What are "grotesques"? Choose three characters and analyze them according to this description of grotesque.

Essay Topic 2

Sherwood Anderson is considered to be one of the fathers of Realism. Define the literary movement of Realism and explain how "Winesburg, Ohio" fits this definition.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters in "Winesburg, Ohio" move to Winesburg. Compare and contrast the reasons why some of these characters move to Winesburg, as well as what the move and Winesburg means to them. How are these characters used in the novel, especially compared to the Winesburg natives?

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