By Washington Irving

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Homework“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
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1. How did Tarry Town get its name? How did Sleepy Hollow get its name?
2. What mood does the setting of this story create?
3. Who do the villagers believe the headless horseman is? How did he lose his head?
4. What do the villagers think he is doing out at night? Why is he said to be in such a
5. What is Ichabod Crane’s job? What other job did he do to earn a little more money?
6. Where does Ichabod Crane live? Why does he need to be able to have all of his
belongings in a small bundle?
7. What are two things that Ichabod would do to make himself useful to the farmers?
How does he help the wives?
8. Why do the women in the countryside think he is an important person? How do the
mothers treat him as a result? How do the younger girls respond to him?
9. What subject does Ichabod like to read about? What has increased his interest in this
10. What would happen to Ichabod when he would walk home at night after spending the
afternoon reading? How would he handle that?
11. What are the two main things that Katrina Van Tassel is known for? What different
things does she wear that demonstrate each of these?

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pedagogue; swains; itinerant; esteemed; erudition; shrewdness; credulity; capacious; harbinger; varlet; portentous; perambulations; piqued;
sumptuous; chanticleer; chivalrous; enraptured; andirons; yore; coquette; labyrinth; countenance; dexterous; ascendancy; rantipole;

12. The author, Washington Irving says, “When he entered the house, the conquest of his
heart was complete.” What does the rest of that paragraph on page 17 tell us about
why Ichabod liked Katrina?
13. What two things make it difficult for Ichabod to fulfill his goal of marrying Katrina?
14. Why would it have been crazy for Ichabod to be open about his feelings for Katrina?
What gives Ichabod an excuse to visit Katrina at her house?
15. What approach does Brom Bones (Brom Van Brunt) want to take when he discovers
Ichabod is interested in Katrina? Why can’t he do that?
16. What are two things Brom Bones does to get back at Ichabod for trying to steal
17. Ichabod takes great care in his appearance as he gets ready for the party at Baltus Van
Tassel’s. What is funny about the horse he is riding as he starts off like a “knight in
quest of adventures”?
18. How is Brom Bone’s horse, Daredevil, similar to him in its appearance and actions?
19. What explanation is given for why there are more ghost stories in a long-settled
20. What story is told about Brouwer’s encounter with the headless horseman?
21. What story does Brom Bones tell about his encounter with the headless horseman?
22. What mood is Ichabod in when he leaves Katrina’s house that night? What evidence
is there of his mood? What speculation does the author make as to what happened?


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23. What logical explanation is there for three of the things Ichabod sees or hears when
he is near the old, large tree?
24. What happens when Ichabod tries to get across the bridge?
25. When Ichabod sees something huge and black by the brook, why doesn’t he turn and
run away? What two things does he do instead?
26. What happens when Ichabod slows down or speeds up in an attempt to get away from
the dark horse and its rider? What does Ichabod see that makes him so terrified that he
sends his horse into full flight?
27. Instead of following the road to Sleepy Hollow, where does Gunpowder go? What
makes it even harder for Ichabod to hold onto his run-away horse?
28. What four traces of the chase do the searchers find the next day?
29. When news of Ichabod is reported years later, what do we learn about why he left?
30. What makes it seem that Brom Bones knew something about what happened that
31. What did the people of the town believe about what happened that night?