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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. Parcival say his objective of coming to Winesburg is?

2. What does Wing do before he cries in front of George?

3. What does Wing do for a living?

4. Why does Jesse's brothers and father stay silent on the farm?

5. Why does the tall, dark girl originally come see Dr. Reefy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Alice realize when she gets home after the night she runs naked in the rain?

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

10. What are the paper pills?

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

Thinking about the episodes of violence in "Winesburg, Ohio", describe what the violence represents to the novel/characters. Analyze the symbolism of any weapons involved. How does Anderson use violence? What message is conveyed? How does violence develop the stories/characters?

Essay Topic 3

Select four women in Winesburg and describe them in terms of their relationships to other characters, their connection to the theme of communication and what they represent to the town and/or George Willard. How does Anderson use female characters in this novel?

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