Winesburg, Ohio Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the drunken stranger move to Winesburg?

2. What does Elmer believe the town thinks about him and his father?

3. What does Reverend Curtis think his wife denies him of?

4. How old is Tandy?

5. At the end of this story, who does Reverend Curtis feel is an "instrument of God"?

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

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

How does the farm work as a setting in "Winesburg, Ohio"? Discuss the use of the farm as a setting, including the emotions connected with farms, family obligation, events tied to farms and the symbolic language used to describe farms.

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