by Lord Alford
For each of the questions, give what the highlighted word(s) means based on the context clues in the sentence.
Some questions will ask what literary term is being used in the highlighted section.
Be careful! Don't lose your head over this!
And, of course, the one and only Ichabod Crane. Ichy was the country schoolmaster dreamed up by Washington Irving. He had a way with a yarn, did Mr Irving.
thread used for knitting
a school lesson
What literary term is this?
If we could journey back to that period in history when Manhattan was but a market town, we would discover, in one of the coves which indent the shores of the Hudson, the little village of Tarry Town. And just beyond, nestled deep in the low rolling hills, a sequestered glen. It's a quiet, peaceful place, and yet, somehow... foreboding.
If we could journey back to that period in history when Manhattan was but a market town, we would discover, in one of the coves which indent the shores of the Hudson, the little village of Tarry Town. And just beyond, nestled deep in the low rolling hills, a sequestered glen. It's a quiet, peaceful place, and yet, somehow... foreboding. It abounds in haunted spots, twilight tales and local superstitions.
The best-known story concerns an itinerant schoolmaster who once frequented these parts. Some say his melancholy spirit still haunts the vicinity. The pedagogue was described as a most unusual man.
Moving from place to place
What literary term is being used here?
He was tall, but exceedingly lank. His head was small and flat on top, with a long, snipe nose. It looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck.
Which picture below shows the best definition of "burly"
Their self-appointed leader, Brom Bones, was a burly, roistering blade, always ready for a fight or a frolic.
What does this sentence mean?
Though Brom was given to madcap pranks and practical jokes, there was no malice in his mischief. With his waggish humor and prodigious strength, Brom Bones was quite the hero, all the country round.
Brom is the antagonist in this story and means to push his evil plans on others
Brom will be the protagonist of this story
Brom was insane and often threatened others with his antics
Though Brom is the antagonist, he never meant any real harm by his actions
Odds bodkins! Gadzooks! Look at that old spook of spooks.
Who's that coming down the street?
Are they shovels or are they feet?
Lean and lanky
Skin and bone
With clothes a scarecrow would hate to own
ungracefully thin and tall
hideously ugly, like a ghoul or demon
Well dressed and respectable in manner
overweight, yet with the appearance of being thin
Truth to say, Ichabod was a conscientious man, and ever bore in mind the maxim spare the rod and spoil the child. Still, he was careful to administer justice with discrimination. For it behoved him to keep on good terms with his pupils. Especially if their mothers happened to be good cooks.
short for maximum
Truth to say, Ichabod was a conscientious man, and ever bore in mind the maxim spare the rod and spoil the child. Still, he was careful to administer justice with discrimination. For it behooved him to keep on good terms with his pupils. Especially if their mothers happened to be good cooks.
an action or actions that uphold the highest standard of ethics
an action that is the right thing to do, but does not benefit the individual doing it
an action that is worthwhile for someone's self interests
an action that goes against a person's moral code
From this passage, what can we assume about Ichabod's finances?
As time went by, it may be seen that the pedagogue got on tolerably enough. Moreover, Ichabod found ways to increase his slender income and, at the same time, awaken the cultural interests of the sleepy little village.
Ichabod doesn't make enough to live on
Ichabod makes just enough, but not enough to save up or have extra spending money
Ichabod is making much more than the average person in town
Ichabod makes too much money and doesn't know what to do with it all
What idiom matches the line marked in green?
It was inevitable that a man like Ichabod would become an object of ridicule to Brom Bones and his gang. Yet, to Ichabod, these were small matters. He possessed a remarkable equanimity which remained quite undisturbed until that fateful day, when his path was crossed by a woman.
A man can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
Good walls make good neighbors.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Based on the orange passage, what might COQUETTE mean?
Once you have met that little coquette Katrina
You won't forget Katrina
But nobody yet has ever upset Katrina
That cute coquette Katrina
You can do more with Margaret or Helena Or Anne or Angelina
But Katrina will kiss and run
To her, a romance is fun
With always another one to start
a girl who is shy
a girl who flirts
a girl who is serious about relationships
a beautiful young lady
What image is also a portal?
Every portal to Katrina's heart was jealously guarded by a host of rustic admirers. But Ichabod was confident he'd soon ride roughshod over these simple country bumpkins.
Ichabod feels his horse riding skills will win Katrina's heart
Ichabod believes the other guys are too simple-minded to stand a chance against him
Ichabod believes Katrina will admire him for his intelligence and charm
Ichabod worries that there are just too many other admirers
Based on the orange passage, why does Katrina wish for a champion?
The ease with which Brom cleared the field of rivals both piqued and provoked the fair Katrina. She often wished that some champion would appear and take the field openly against the boisterous Brom.
She is scared of Brom
She likes Brom, but wants to be fought over by several suitors
She likes Brom, but feels she could attract a better suitor
She feels helpless and like a damsel in distress
A wiser man would have shrunk from the competition, but love is blind. Ichabod was aware only that Dame Fortune was at last thundering at his door.
Gaily bedecked and nobly mounted on a horse he had borrowed, Ichabod issued forth like a knight errant of old to keep a tryst with his lady fair.
dressed for a fun party
cleaned up (since they didn't bath often back then)
Dressed in nontraditional gender clothes
fill with anticipation and nervousness
promised action of nobility
Just gather round and I'll elucidate what goes on outside, when it gets late.
Around about midnight, the ghosts and banshees get together for nightly jamborees.
explain with abstract dance
lecture in great detail
explain, make clearer
sing in a falsetto voice
The following line is an example of which literary terms?
That's right, he's a fright on Halloween night
They say he's tired of his flamin' top He's got a yen to make a swap
So he rides one night each year To find a head in the hollow here
desperate need or else faces eternal damnation
a type of money/ currency
In the original story, Katrina tells Ichabod who it is that has won her heart. Take a guess, who is it that won Katrina's heart?
No one will ever win her heart
a different guy that doesn't even appear in the story or cartoon
With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop
He's out lookin' for a top to chop
So don't stop to figure out a plan
You can't reason with a headless man
It was the witching hour of night as Ichabod pursued his travel home. The sky grew darker. One by one, the stars winked out their lights. Driving clouds obscured the moon from sight.
It was the witching hour of night as Ichabod pursued his travel home. The sky grew darker. One by one, the stars winked out their lights. Driving clouds obscured the moon from sight. Never had the schoolmaster felt so melancholy, so utterly alone. The nearer he approached the hollow, the more dismal he became.
Poll: What do you think?
Is the Headless Horseman just a prank played by Brom on Ichabod or is the headless horseman a real spirit (in the context of the story, that is)?