Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories

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1. The American Revolution seems to have sparked imagination among writers in the time period. Discuss at least two examples of imaginative writing in the story. Write a short paragraph on each.
2. The setting of the story is the Catskill Mountains. The author uses personification when describing them. Give at least three examples of this personification.
3. Imagine that you wake up twenty years from now. List five questions you would ask the first person you see. (Be sure that you ask important questions. Don’t ask where the nearest bathroom is or other humorous choices.)
4. Although "Rip Van Winkle" is a fictional tale, it presents truths that can teach the reader. Write a brief (about two paragraph) essay that focuses on the truths presented in the short story.

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2) Personification

His adherents, however (for every great man has his adherents), perfectly understood him, and knew how to gather his opinions. When anything that was read or related displeased him, he was observed to smoke his pipe vehemently, and to send forth short, frequent, and angry puffs; but, when pleased, he would inhale the smoke slowly and tranquilly, and emit it in light and placid clouds, and sometimes, taking the pipe from his mouth, and letting the fragrant vapor curl about his nose, would nod his head in approbation.

Panting and fatigued, he threw himself, late in the afternoon, on a green knoll, covered with mountain herbage, that crowned the brow of a precipice.

He saw at a distance the lordly Hudson, far, far below him, moving on its silent but majestic course, with the reflection of a purple cloud, or the sail of a lagging bark, here and there sleeping on its glassy bosom, and at last losing itself in the blue highlands.




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