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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' is one of the most famous works of American Gothic literature, although few students understand it beyond the Headless Horseman. These discussion questions can help expand their appreciation for the short story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving holds the distinction of being one of the first American authors to achieve lasting popularity and influence, making his works foundational elements of American literature. Among these are his collections of Gothic short stories, perhaps the most famous of which is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, first published in 1820. While many students may be vaguely familiar with the concept of the Headless Horseman, few have ever studied the story in depth. These discussion questions can help students better appreciate this short story and its role in American literature.

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