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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. Where does Dr. Parcival live?

2. What does Dr. Parcival say his objective of coming to Winesburg is?

3. What is Dr. Reefy doing when the tall, dark girl comes to see him?

4. When Elizabeth is a girl, how does she startle the people of Winesburg?

5. Who believes you are never be too smart for Sarah?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wash's wife's mother do to her when Wash comes to visit?

2. The day that Kate is not in her room in "The Strength of God", what is the Reverend's sermon about?

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

4. Why is George careful when he counts his money on the train?

5. What happens to Wing's teaching career?

6. What are the paper pills?

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

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

9. What happens one summer evening in George and Helen's past that George reflects upon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Some readers describe "Winesburg, Ohio" as being amoral. What supports the lack of morality in this novel? Do you agree with this description? Why/why not?

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