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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 does George work?

2. What does Louise do for John Hardy?

3. What does Dr. Reefy write on the scraps of paper he keeps in his pockets?

4. When Ned can't find work in Cleveland, where does he go?

5. How does the author describe Joe Welling's fits?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the paper pills?

3. How does Enoch's life change when he is twenty-one?

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

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

6. What does the drunken stranger say about women and love to Tom and Tandy?

7. Why does George decide to not ask Wing about his hands?

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

9. Why is Joe planting grass seed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion appears throughout "Winesburg, Ohio". How is religion described and used in the novel? How are religious people set apart from the non-religious? Analyze the use of religion in this novel to discern what Anderson's message about religion may be.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does death affect the characters of this novel? Who fears death and why? Who talks about death and why? What does death mean to some of these characters? Most importantly, what does it represent?

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