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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 Henry Bradford do to Wing one afternoon at the schoolhouse?

2. What does Alice do the night that it rains?

3. Why does Alice join the Winesburg Methodist Church?

4. What does Tom say "Tom Willard's son" must do?

5. How does Tom describe Elizabeth's figure?

Short Essay Questions

1. On the night of the storm, what happens between Kate and George?

2. When Ned first plans to move to Cleveland, what does Alice tell him?

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

4. How is Wing different around George?

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

6. What happens to Ray and his emotions when he is out buying groceries?

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

8. How does Wing feel about the town where he lives?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does the farm work as a setting in "Winesburg, Ohio"? Discuss the use of the farm as a setting, including the emotions connected with farms, family obligation, events tied to farms and the symbolic language used to describe farms.

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