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1) The Hudson is a wide river in New York. How does Washington Irving describe the setting?

2) The book states, "…there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town."

What does "generally" mean in this context?

3) What noises does the author describe in this setting?

4) This question has no right answer, but think about it.

This story will be spooky. Why would you want to describe the setting this way?

5) One sentence begins, "The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions;"

What does "local" mean in this context?

6) What war did the apparition, or ghost, fight in?

7) Where does the apparition, or ghost, haunt?

8) What does the spirit, or ghost, ride?

9) What is the exact name of the ghost in this superstition? (Type carefully, spelling matters!)

10) This book was published in 1821. When does the author claim this story took place?

11) How does the author describe Ichabod Crane?

12) How would you describe the school?

13) There is no right answer here. But, why do you think the author uses words like "authoritative", "menace", and "appalling"?

14) One of the sentences begins, "The revenue arising from his school was small, and would have been scarcely sufficient to furnish him with daily bread, for he was a huge feeder,"

What is another word for "revenue" mean in this context?

15) Did most towns love their school teachers?

16) Did farmers like Icabood Crane?

17) Did mothers like Icabood Crane?

18) Were there any events that weren't clear to you?