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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. Why is Jesse interested in the lamb born out of season?

2. As time passes, what happens to John and Louise?

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

4. Why does Jesse come to the family farm?

5. What does Dr. Parcival tell George he is afraid of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wash's wife's mother do to her when Wash comes to visit?

2. Even though Seth is called the "deep one", how is this untrue?

3. What does Elizabeth and George watch happen in the alley?

4. The day that Kate is not in her room in "The Strength of God", what is the Reverend's sermon about?

5. Why does George go to the drug store after leaving Louise?

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

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

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

9. What does George tell his mother he wants to do at the end of "Mother"?

10. Why does George go to Belle's house?

Essay 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

Choose three characters that you feel have power in Winesburg. Defend your choices and discuss what characteristics are needed to be powerful in Winesburg. How do these characters use their power? What does having power in Winesburg mean? How is power a theme, or not a theme, in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The format of "Winesburg, Ohio" is unique. How does this format help Anderson convey his message about the people of Winesburg? Is this an effective device? How does the format help or hurt the stories of these characters?

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