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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 ask the tall, dark girl after her first visit with him?

2. How does the town feel about Joe and Sarah?

3. Where does Dr. Parcival live?

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

5. What happens when Wing forgets about his hands?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the stories Dr. Parcival tell mean to George?

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

6. Why does Ed Handby want to get married?

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

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

9. What does Dr. Parcival do with his brother's money?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select two stories that feature the same character (other than George Willard). How is the character represented in each story? What is the character's role? Is there any growth in the character? What accounts for these differences? What does this character mean to the novel overall?

Essay Topic 2

Sherwood Anderson is considered to be one of the fathers of Realism. Define the literary movement of Realism and explain how "Winesburg, Ohio" fits this definition.

Essay Topic 3

Lack of communication is a recurring theme in "Winesburg, Ohio". Describe three characters that have a difficult time communicating. Explain each character's situation and problem with communication. Then, explain what the lack of communication represents or symbolizes in the novel.

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