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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What part of man does Thoreau say government has control over?
(a) The religious part.
(b) The mental part.
(c) The emotional part.
(d) The physical part.

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

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

4. What does Thoreau say government needs to have authority?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Power.
(c) Consent.
(d) Direction.

5. In 'Civil Disobedience', what does Thoreau say a just man will not wait for?
(a) A favorable choice.
(b) An opportunity.
(c) A leader.
(d) A majority.

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

7. Who did Thoreau consider the real authority of Government, according to 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?
(a) The President.
(b) The voters.
(c) God.
(d) The Constitution.

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

9. Who does Thoreau say should provide what government needs for them to have authority?
(a) The needs of the country.
(b) The American citizens.
(c) Government officials.
(d) Their conscience.

10. 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) States' rights.
(b) Territorial issues.
(c) Presidential campaigns.
(d) Slavery.

11. What did Thoreau say the government considered its only authority according to 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?
(a) The Constitution.
(b) God.
(c) The voters.
(d) The President.

12. What did Thoreau say media devices should have been doing?
(a) Making money.
(b) Appeasing the masses.
(c) Reflecting the truth.
(d) Gaining approval.

13. Who did Thoreau say was running the military force in Massachusetts?
(a) Harrison.
(b) Burns.
(c) Tuttle.
(d) Loring.

14. What word did Thoreau use to describe the holiday that is being celebrated when he was delivering, 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?
(a) Ironic.
(b) Biased.
(c) Inane.
(d) Hypocritical.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Edward Loring from?

2. What part of man does Thoreau say government can NEVER manipulate?

3. How did the attackers trying to free Burns plead in their trial?

4. What does Thoreau say should be used to make important decisions in 'Civil Disobedience'?

5. Who teased Thoreau when he took the advice he gives in 'Civil Disobedience'?

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