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. What is a job Ray wants to do when he is younger?

2. Why does the drunken stranger move to Winesburg?

3. What does Ed Handby do for a living?

4. In the story, "Drink," where does Tom move from?

5. How does Ed make George feel at the end of "An Awakening"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Several characters in this novel are lonely. Analyze three characters in terms of their loneliness. Why do they feel alienated? What do they do in response to this alienation? How is loneliness a theme in the novel and what is it representative of?

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