How Well Do You Know The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow?

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How Well Do You Know The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow? - Quiz

A classic American tale, told and retold dozens of times since its inception, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has endured as one of Halloween's most popular stories. You think you know enough about it to pass this quiz?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What year did Washington Irving publish The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

    • A.

      1820

    • B.

      1776

    • C.

      1692

    • D.

      1790

    Correct Answer
    A. 1820
    Explanation
    In 1820, Washington Irving published "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." This short story is a classic American tale that follows the protagonist, Ichabod Crane, as he encounters supernatural occurrences and the infamous Headless Horseman in the quiet town of Sleepy Hollow. The story has become a popular Halloween tradition and has been adapted into various films and television shows.

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  • 2. 

    The Headless Horseman, most infamous of supernatural beings in the town, was said to be what?

    • A.

      The ghost of a Native American who lost his head in a raid

    • B.

      The ghost of a Dutch settler who was hung

    • C.

      The ghost of a Hessian soldier whose head was shot off by a cannon

    • D.

      The ghost of a British soldier whose head was chopped off in a nameless battle

    Correct Answer
    C. The ghost of a Hessian soldier whose head was shot off by a cannon
    Explanation
    The Headless Horseman is most commonly associated with the legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is set during the American Revolutionary War. According to the legend, the Headless Horseman is the ghost of a Hessian soldier who had his head shot off by a cannon during the war. This explanation aligns with the historical context of the story and the folklore surrounding the Headless Horseman in the town.

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  • 3. 

    After riding underneath this on his horse, Ichabod meets the headless horseman for the first time. 

    • A.

      A crumbling stone archway

    • B.

      The remaining threshold of a burned house

    • C.

      A lightning-stricken tulip tree.

    • D.

      An empty hangman's noose

    Correct Answer
    C. A lightning-stricken tulip tree.
  • 4. 

    Abraham Von Brunt, antagonist to Ichabod Crane in the race for Katrina Van Tassel's hand in marriage, is known as what in the story?

    • A.

      Brom Bones

    • B.

      Dead Bones

    • C.

      Knuckle Bone

    • D.

      Dry Bones

    Correct Answer
    A. Brom Bones
    Explanation
    In the story, Abraham Von Brunt is known as Brom Bones. He is the antagonist to Ichabod Crane in their pursuit of Katrina Van Tassel. Brom Bones is described as a strong and mischievous character who enjoys playing pranks on others. He is also a skilled horseman and uses his physical prowess to compete with Ichabod for Katrina's affection.

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  • 5. 

    What other short story was published in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon along with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

    • A.

      Rip Van Winkle

    • B.

      Bartleby, the Scrivener

    • C.

      The Tell-Tale Heart

    • D.

      The Yellow Wallpaper

    Correct Answer
    A. Rip Van Winkle
    Explanation
    Rip Van Winkle is the correct answer because it was published in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon along with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon is a collection of essays and short stories written by Washington Irving, and Rip Van Winkle is one of the most well-known stories in the collection. It tells the tale of a man who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later to find that everything has changed.

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  • 6. 

    Who does Irving imply the Headless Horseman really is?

    • A.

      Katrina Van Tassel

    • B.

      Brom Bones

    • C.

      Major André

    • D.

      Baltus Van Tassel

    Correct Answer
    B. Brom Bones
    Explanation
    While not explicitly stated, Irving indicates that the Headless Horseman was in fact Brom Bones, trying to frighten Ichabod away from Sleepy Hollow in order to win Katrina's hand in marriage.

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  • 7. 

    Where did Washington Irving get the name Ichabod Crane? 

    • A.

      From a school teacher in Kinderhook, NY

    • B.

      On a gravestone in Sleepy Hollow

    • C.

      From an Army captain in Sackets Harbor, NY

    • D.

      He heard it in a local legend while traveling Europe

    Correct Answer
    C. From an Army captain in Sackets Harbor, NY
    Explanation
    Washington Irving got the name Ichabod Crane from an Army captain in Sackets Harbor, NY.

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  • 8. 

    Where did Washington Irving write The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

    • A.

      In his bathtub

    • B.

      In a log cabin

    • C.

      Abroad in Europe

    • D.

      In Sleepy Hollow

    Correct Answer
    C. Abroad in Europe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Abroad in Europe." Washington Irving wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" while he was traveling in Europe. This information suggests that he wrote the story while he was outside of the United States, specifically in Europe.

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  • 9. 

    Sleepy Hollow is a real town in: 

    • A.

      Connecticut

    • B.

      Massachusetts

    • C.

      New York

    • D.

      Virginia

    Correct Answer
    C. New York
    Explanation
    Sleepy Hollow is a real town located in New York. It is famous for its connection to the fictional character of Ichabod Crane and the legend of the Headless Horseman, which was popularized by Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The town is known for its historical significance, beautiful landscapes, and annual Halloween celebrations that attract tourists from all over the world.

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  • 10. 

    How many times has The Legend of Sleepy Hollow been adapted to film? 

    • A.

      Over one hundred

    • B.

      About twenty

    • C.

      Over thirty

    • D.

      Eleven

    Correct Answer
    B. About twenty
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "About twenty." This suggests that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been adapted to film approximately twenty times.

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