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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 when Wing forgets about his hands?

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

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

4. What does Dr. Parcival always wear?

5. What does the writer name his book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does George decide to not ask Wing about his hands?

2. What happens to make David fear Jesse?

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

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

5. What happens the second time Elmer tries to talk to George?

6. How does Tom relate to his daughter, Tandy?

7. What does the idea of death do to the writer in "The Book of the Grotesque"?

8. Why does the woman in the doctor's office have blood on her in "Paper Pills"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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