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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Thoreau say soldiers are expected to do?
(a) Serve.
(b) Carry out the will of government.
(c) Defeat opposition.
(d) Obey.

2. What attribute does Thoreau say all men should have naturally in 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Choice.
(c) Freedom.
(d) Respect.

3. How does Thoreau describe the attack made to free Burns?
(a) Heroic.
(b) Sadddening.
(c) Angering.
(d) Necessary.

4. What state was Thoreau from?
(a) Maryland.
(b) Michigan.
(c) Maine.
(d) Massachusetts.

5. How did Thoreau feel about the people who teased him when he took his own advice in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) He hated them.
(b) He was surprised at their reactions.
(c) He respected their opinions.
(d) He thought them to be ridiculous.

6. Where in the U.S. was Thoreau most interested in the slavery debate?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Massachusetts.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Nebraska.

7. What did Thoreau say the issue of slavery was doing to his state?
(a) Desensitizing it.
(b) Immoralizing it.
(c) Capitulating it.
(d) Polarizing it.

8. What was attacked when Anthony Burns was in custody?
(a) A prison.
(b) A police station.
(c) A train station.
(d) A courthouse.

9. When does Thoreau say a citizen should disobey?
(a) All of these.
(b) When the government is being immoral.
(c) When the country is at war.
(d) When the population gets too large.

10. What does Thoreau say should be used to make important decisions in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) Logic.
(b) Mercy.
(c) Research.
(d) Conscience.

11. What did Thoreau say made men innocent in 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?
(a) Appeasing the officials.
(b) Following the law.
(c) Being educated.
(d) Doing what is right.

12. Why was Thoreau so unimpressed with the governor of his state?
(a) He did not enforce slave laws.
(b) He had never given a strong speech.
(c) He gave in to money lenders.
(d) He was soft about his voting.

13. Who did the governor of Massachusetts back in the issue of Burns?
(a) Loring.
(b) Harrison.
(c) Burns.
(d) Tuttle.

14. What kind of issue did Thoreau say slavery was NOT?
(a) Physical.
(b) Political.
(c) Emotional.
(d) Moral.

15. What role does Thoreau challenge in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) The slaves.
(b) The immigrants.
(c) The citizens.
(d) The government.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Thoreau say is not always found in the majority?

2. Where did Thoreau say he saw a greater disregard for slavery in the country?

3. What happened to Thoreau when he took his own advice given in 'Civil Disobedience'?

4. What does Thoreau say the American form of government has no room for in 'Civil Disobedience'?

5. What did Thoreau describe as very clean in 'Civil Disobedience'?

(see the answer keys)

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