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The Castle of Indolence

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving, 1820

What is the primary effect of the poem at the start of the passage?

A

It indicates to the reader that the story is Gothic and therefore darker in subject matter.

B

It establishes a tone and atmosphere of mystery as the poem shares common links to the town of Sleepy Hollow.

C

It provides a historical allusion to an archaic poem, indicating the setting of when the story takes place.

D

It furthers the mystery of who the Headless Horseman is, and why a man was declared dead immediately in paragraph one.