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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 Wing do before he cries in front of George?

2. What color does the Big Four paint its stations?

3. What is one of George's habits?

4. What is the danger of the writer's subject matter?

5. Where does George find Louise when he decides to answer her letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the writer come up with "The Book of the Grotesque"?

2. Why does Ed Handby want to get married?

3. Why is George careful when he counts his money on the train?

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

5. What annoys George as he waits for Louise in the story "Nobody Knows"?

6. According to the writer, what makes people grotesque?

7. In "Paper Pills", how are the tall, dark girl's suitors different?

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

9. What does Tom fear about his life in the story "Mother"?

10. Why is Reverend Curtis' sermon different after the first time he sees Kate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lack of communication is a recurring theme in "Winesburg, Ohio". Describe three characters that have a difficult time communicating. Explain each character's situation and problem with communication. Then, explain what the lack of communication represents or symbolizes in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast two parent-child relationships in "Winesburg, Ohio". Consider the openness of the relationship, the love that is expressed, the feelings embraced and the overall effect of the relationship on all parties involved.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how three or four characters failed to use their natural talents to better themselves. Describe the talent, including how you are made aware of it. Use evidence from the text to prove the talent and the characters failure to realize it. What happens to these characters as a result? What happens to the people around them? What does this failure mean to the book as a whole?

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