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4.2.2: Reading and Review Questions
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- In The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., how does the author’s account of himself situate Americans within the larger world, situate the author with those of the Old World? How does the author come to the subject matter of his sketch book?
- What role does nature, or the wild, play in “Rip Van Winkle?” What’s Rip Van Winkle’s relationship with nature?
- Why do the tales and myths in Rip Van Winkle connect with the Dutch rather than with Native American? How does the Manitou Spirit affect the story? What role, if any, does the Manitou Spirit play in Rip Van Winkle’s story? How do Native American legends connect with those of the Dutch?
- Why does Rip Van Winkle awaken to a post-Revolutionary America, do you think?
- Why does Irving connect Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with images of consumption and consumerism? To what effect? How does Ichabod Crane compare with Brom Bones? Why?