Project #158955 - American Literature

English Tutors

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/08/2016 12:00 am

Readings and Materials:

  • Washington Irving, Biography:

  • Irving, The legend of sleepy hollow

  • Irving, Rip van Winkle

  • William Cullen Bryant, biography

  • Bryant, "The Prairies"



1. How do The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle illustrate an appreciation for the common man?

2. What role does imagination play in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Why is this significant?

3. In what lines do you see the influence of westward expansion in "The Prairies"? Be sure to explain the passage(s) that you use for this response.

4. At the end of Rip Van Winkle, Rip returns to a town which appears to have undergone great changes since the Revolutionary War. However, upon closer reading, we see that very little has changed- one George has replaced another; two political parties continue to dominate and rival each other. What might Irving have been trying to say about the true impact of the Revolutionary War? About the nature of democracy?


Answers should be approximately two paragraphs.


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