The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's about a guy Ichabod Crane who is a poor school teacher who works for a mere ten dollars a day. He sleeps in his student's house and only does a little bit of light work around the place. At a little bit in Ichabod falls in love with the beautiful Katrina van Tassel who is a wealthy daughter of a substantial Dutch farmer. One night he is invited to her mansion for a party, he had borrowed a horse from the farmer Hans Van Ripper and was on his way to the party. When he got there, there were a lot of fancy foods such as doughnuts and cakes and all the high people are bragging about their stuff. He got into a discussion with a bunch of people who were all talking about the headless horseman who lurks the night and how they all had encounters with him. One guy Brom bones Ichabod's rival told a story about how he and the horseman were in a race and he was winning until the horseman flew off in a burst of fire. After the party Ichabod was on his way home when, when he was crossing the bridge he saw him, the headless horseman. Ichabod in terror turned his horse around and took off in a hurry. As he was nearing the old church and graveyard he felt some thing hit his head and he fell off. The next morning the farmer horse had returned but there was no sign of Ichabod, they went to search for him but all they found was his hat and a smashed pumpkin.
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The review of this Book prepared by Joe Bow

Sleepy Hollow is a small American country town at the beginning of the 19th century, where superstitions abound and strange tales are told. This book follows tall, gangly schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, as he falls in love with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel (and her fortune) and tries to woo her away from his rival, prankster Brom Bones, until one night, he is pursued by the headless rider said to frequent the area, and disappears.
The review of this Book prepared by Toni Alimi

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Ages 7-14 Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the monster chased me!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Netherlands Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog

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