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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 happens to the tall, dark girl in one of her dreams?

2. What body part does Wing use to help him talk?

3. Why does Jesse place blame on his dead brothers?

4. What does Henry Bradford do to Wing one afternoon at the schoolhouse?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the paper pills?

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

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

5. Why does Hal get arrested in "The Untold Lie"?

6. Why does Ed Handby want to get married?

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

8. In the fourth part of "Godliness", what does Jesse purchase and why?

9. What makes Jesse believe that the other farmers are enemies of God?

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

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 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

Several characters in this novel are lonely. Analyze three characters in terms of their loneliness. Why do they feel alienated? What do they do in response to this alienation? How is loneliness a theme in the novel and what is it representative of?

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