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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 the American form of government has no room for in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) Conscience.
(b) Logic.
(c) Research.
(d) Mercy.

2. What did Thoreau say reflected the general feeling in the country about slavery?
(a) Newspapers.
(b) Social gatherings.
(c) Religious gatherings.
(d) Advertisements.

3. Who was very friendly to Thoreau when he took his own advice in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) His incumbents.
(b) His neighbors.
(c) His cell mate.
(d) His family.

4. What does Thoreau say the best government will NOT do in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) Reprimand.
(b) Restrict.
(c) Tax.
(d) Govern.

5. What happened to Thoreau when he took his own advice given in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) He was not heard.
(b) He was written up.
(c) He was put in prison.
(d) He was fined.

6. What was the congressional act that was discussed at the meeting Thoreau was asked to speak at before giving his speech, 'Slavery in Massachusetts' about?
(a) Presidential campaigns.
(b) States' rights.
(c) Territorial issues.
(d) Slavery.

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

8. Why was Thoreau put in jail?
(a) He freed a slave.
(b) He refused to pay a tax.
(c) He was drunk in public.
(d) He said something rude to a police officer.

9. Where was Edward Loring from?
(a) Philadelphia.
(b) Augusta.
(c) Washington D.C.
(d) Boston.

10. What were Abolitionists against?
(a) War.
(b) Change.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Socialism.

11. What is the main theme of 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) The role of politics.
(b) Appropriate places to disobey.
(c) Religion in politics.
(d) Moral responsibility.

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

13. How does Thoreau say a citizen should disobey?
(a) Move away.
(b) Vote.
(c) Withdraw support.
(d) Speak out in public.

14. How did Thoreau describe the rulers of the country in 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?
(a) Uneducated.
(b) Unprincipled.
(c) Unknowing.
(d) Unruly.

15. What does Thoreau say government should be based on?
(a) Justice.
(b) Essentialism.
(c) Mercy.
(d) Practicality.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Thoreau condemning in 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?

2. What part of man does Thoreau say government has control over?

3. What does Thoreau hope to inspire men to do after 'Civil Disobedience'?

4. Where in the U.S. was Thoreau most interested in the slavery debate?

5. How does Thoreau describe the attack made to free Burns?

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