“Rip Van Winkle” Questions Date: 9/10/14 School: Clarksville This assignment is worth 33 points, 3 point for each question. 1 . Who is the narrator of this story? Dietrich Knickerbockers 2. Washington Erving’s style of writing often times uses inflated language to describe common things. For example, what does the following description of Rip mean: “an insuperable aversion to all kinds of profitable labor”? It’s hard for Rip to overcome his strong dislike to work. 3.
Describe Rips relationship with his wife. Rip was at length routed by his termagant wife, who would suddenly break in upon he tranquility of the assemblage and call the members all to naught; So She Was a Harsh Tempered And Over Bearing Woman So It Was Tough a Relationship. 4. What does the narrator himself say about the character of Dame Van Winkle? He Was Like the Middle Child They Would Always Blame Everything on Him. 5. Describe the appearance and the behavior of the group that Rip meets on the mountain.
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What causes him to fall asleep? They maintained the gravest faces, the most Guilty and mysterious silence, and were, withal, the most party of pleasure he had ever witnessed. Nothing interrupted the stillness of the scene but the noise. He to drunk. 6. Compare the appearance and activities of the inn before and after Rips sleep. Remember that Washington Irving is writing this story right after America became a country. How might the inn reflect the political and social changes that have taken place in America at that time?
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, Activities… Man passing out handbills talking about citizen’s rights, liberty, congress, voting, busy and busting atmosphere 7. When Rip returned from sleep, what had happened within the colonies? When he fell asleep he fell asleep for like 20 years and the Americans were okay with Britain, when he woke up they were fighting to get away from Britain. 8.
How does Rip react once he understands what has happened to him? At First He Was Doubting His Own Identity and Lazy and Confused. Then His Brother Took Him To A village and he remembered himself. 9. How does Rips new life compare to his old one? Great. He is free from work, his wife and King George Ill. 10. In his introduction, the narrator explains that the manuscript of “Rip Van Winkle” was written by Dietrich Knickerbockers. This technique is called a frame story. How does this frame story defend the tale’s credibility?
By using made up characters by saying they are no longer alive and the story to be proven as anything but the truth. 1 1 . One of the major themes of American Romanticism described in the introductory tutorial at the start of this lesson is individual freedom. How do Irving descriptions of the setting reflect his Romantic point of view and individual freedom? He uses this time to show Effect of the war and how it changed from clothing to freedom and different ways of thinking.