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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?


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


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


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


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

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