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

2. What war is the carpenter part of?

3. How is Wing's power as a teacher described?

4. How are the doctor's knuckles described?

5. How long does the writer write for when he gets out of bed and starts writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tom and his grandmother move to Winesburg?

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

3. In the story "Drink", how does Tom feel about women?

4. What makes it difficult for the carpenter to finish his job in "The Book of the Grotesque" and why?

5. Why is Joe planting grass seed?

6. What does Jesse feel David's coming means?

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

8. Why does Ed Handby want to get married?

9. What does Joe tell George about decay in "A Man of Ideas"?

10. What does George decide to do after his mother's death in the story "Death"?

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

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 3

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?

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