"Rip Van Winkle Questions"

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Where is the story of Rip Van Winkle taken from?
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Papers of late Diedrich Knickerbocker
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Who is Diedrich Knickerbocker?
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An old gentleman of New York who conducted historical research of the Dutch settlers.
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What is said about Knickerbocker in Irvings biography?
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he was invented
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What is the setting of the story?
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Kaatskill Mountains by the Hudson River
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What words are used to describe the setting?
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blue, purple, gold, glow, light, crown on glory, barometers, fair weather
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What effect do these words have?
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magical, fairy-like, mysterious, majestic
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What is Rip like?
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simple, good natured, obedient, henpecked, meekness of spirit
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What is Dam Van Winkle (Rip’s wife) like?
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shrew, termagant (abusive, scolding), nagging
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How did the other women in town view Rip?
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They liked him and felt bad for him; believing his wife was truly to blame
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How did the children of the town feel about Rip? How can you tell?
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They liked him; they played with him, he told them stories, he was like a father figure
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What kind of work ethic did Rip have?
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He didn’t have one, he avoided work, liked to go fishing and hunting instead.
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What does Rip’s farm look like?
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Run down, Dilapidated; fences falling down, cows escaping, weeds and overgrowth, patch of crops, worst farm in the village
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What did Rip like to do rather than fulfill his responsibilities?
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Help everyone else, go fishing and hunting with his dog
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Describe the Van Winkle’s children.
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Ragged, sloppy, wild, like orphans, neglected. His son inherits his clothes and his habits.
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Describe Dam Van Winkle and her treatment of Rip.
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Constantly nagging him about his lack of work all the time. Rip’s response would be to shrug his shoulders, shake his head and leave saying nothing
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Is the question asked on pg 156 …. \”but what courage can withstand the ever-during and all-besettig terrors of a woman’s tongue?\” a fair question? How does this portray women?
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No, it is unfair because it doesn’t take into account Rip’s irresponsibility. It portrays women as nagging and unreasonable.
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Where and with whom did Rip hang out?
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At a small Inn with other men from town (Derrick Van Bummel-school master/Nichoulaus Vedder -landlord).. They sat in front of the Inn underneath a painting of George III
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How are the mountains described?
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Purple, glassy, blue, Lordly, majestic
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What was Rip dreading? Why?
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Returning home to his wife,: she will scold him for not working.
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What did Rip hear?
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He heard a voice call his name
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Who did Rip help? What did he help him with?
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A short old fellow in antique clothing. He helped him carry a keg that he had on his shoulder.
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What did Rip hear?
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Rolling peals of thunder
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What game was being played?
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Bowling
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What was Rip’s job after he helped the man carry the keg?
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To serve the liquor that was contained in the keg.
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What did Rip do when no one was looking? What were the consequences?
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Drink the liquor. He drank too much and passed out / fell asleep. .
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What does Rip find when he wakes up?
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An old rusted gun, Wolf is gone, stiff in the joints.
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Describe his surroundings in the mountains.
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There is a stream that had not been one before; overgrowth all around him, the amphitheater is gone
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Describe how he saw the village after he woke up.
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Didn’t recognize the houses, any of the pepole or their dress (clothing style). Rip has a beard. The village has more people; old hangouts were gone.
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What is Rip’s house like now (after he awoke)?
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Dilapidated (run down), roofs falling in, windows are shattered, doors off hinges, Wolf-half starved, snarled at Rip
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What was the Inn like (after he awoke)?
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Large rickety wooden building called the Union Hotel, has a tall pole with a stars and striped flag hanging from it. Sign of George Washington
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Who is present outside the Inn? What are they discussing?
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Man passing out handbills talking about citizen’s rights, liberty, congress, voting, busy and busting atmosphere.
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What question is Rip asked? What was his response?
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On which side he voted? Whether he was a federal or a democrat? He is loyal subject to the King.
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How do the people react to Rip?
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They thought he was a spy.
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What happened to Rip’s friends?
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** Nicholas Vedder-dead ** Brom Dutcher killed in the war **Van Bummel fought in the war, is now in Congress
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What question does Rip ask?What is the response of the people gathered outside the Inn?
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Does nobody here know Rip Van Winkle? he’s learning against the tree (his son).
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How much time has passed?
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20 years
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What happened to Rip’s wife? What is his response to the news?
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She broke a blood vessel yelling at the New England peddler. He is relieved and comforted by the news.
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Who is in the crowd that Rip finds familiar?
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Judith Gardinier, Rip’s daghter
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How is Rip’s story finally believed?
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Peter Vanderdonk oldest inhabitant of the village recognized him
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What is Rip’s son like?
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He is just like his father. Lazy and does not take care of his own responsibilities.
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What was Rip’s new life like?
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Great. He is free from work, his wife and King George III.
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What historically happened while Rip was asleep?
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The Revolutionary war.
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WHO wrote Rip Van Winkle?
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Washington Irving
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WHEN was Rip Van Winkle WRITTEN?
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In the early 1800s
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What else did Washington Irving write?
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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When does the story take place?
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During the years right before and right after the American Revolutionary War
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WHERE does the story take place?
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In America, in the CATSKILL MOUNTAINS New York
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WHO is Rip Van Winkle?
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He is a farmer who lives in a village in the American colonies, of Dutch descent, with a wife and children
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What are Rip Van Winkle’s qualities?
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He is kind, gentle and a good neighbor, but he is LAZY
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Who is DAME VAN WINKLE?
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Rip Van Winkle’s wife
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What is the RELATIONSHIP between Rip Van Winkle and his wife like?
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He is henpecked (nagged) by his wife — she is always asking him to do work and he is always avoiding work and trying to get away from her.
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Where do the men in the village meet to tell stories, talk and gossip?
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On a bench outside of a small inn within the village
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Who is Rip Van Winkle’s constant companion?
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His dog, Wolf
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Where does Rip Van Winkle one day go to escape his wife’s nagging?
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He takes his dog to go squirrel hunting at a place high up in the Mountains
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What does he Rip Van Winkle hear late in the day when he has finished hunting?
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He hears someone calling his name
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Who calls Rip Van Winkle’s name and then takes him for a walk climbing higher on the mountain?
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A short man with bushy hair and a beard
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Where does the short man with bushy hair bring Rip Van Winkle?
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To a clearing in the woods where a bund of strange looking men are playing NINE PINS (bowling) , making sounds like thunder
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What does the short man with bushy hair serve to Rip Van Winkle?
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A drink from a keg that tastes delicious
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What happens to Rip Van Winkle after he drinks the beverage that the short man with bushy hair serves him?
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He gets drunk and passes out, falling asleep
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What does Rip Van Winkle notice when he first wakes up from his nap?
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He finds that his gun is missing and his dog is gone
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What does Rip Van Winkle look like after he wakes up from his nap (of one night)?
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He has aged a lot and has a very long beard
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Where does Rip Van Winkle go after he wakes up from his nap in the mountains?
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He goes back to the village
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When Rip Van Winkle returns to the village after his nap, what does he notice about the village?
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The village has changed and he doesn’t recognize anybody there. They are dressed in a strange way too
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What does Rip Van Winkle find when he goes to his house after he wakes up from his nap?
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His house is in falling down and abandoned (nobody is living there)
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What happened to the Inn after Rip Van Winkle wakes up from his nap and returns to the village?
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The Inn has disappeared and now there is a new hotel there
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What is the picture of King George III replaced with at the new hotel?
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A picture of George Washington
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What does the picture of George Washington signify?
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That the American Colonies are no longer under British rule. They are now the United States because the Revolutionary War has taken place.
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What happens when Rip Van Winkle tells a crowd in the village that he is loyal to King George?
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The crowd calls him a traitor and a Tory
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Rip Van Winkle sees a woman with a baby who looks familiar in the village after he returns from his nap. Who is she?
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His grown daughter
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What does Rip Van Winkle find out about his wife after he returns to the village
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His wife is dead
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How many years has Rip Van Winkle really been gone from the village
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20 years
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Where does Rip Van Winkle go at the end of the story?
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He goes to live with his daughter, who is married to a cheerful farmer
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Who is Diedrich Knickerbocker?
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An old gentleman from New York who was especially interested in the histories, customs, and culture of the Dutch settlers in New York.
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What is found in Diedrich Knickerbocker’s papers after he dies?
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The story of Rip Van Winkle

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