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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Thoreau describe slavery in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) Necessary.
(b) Shameful.
(c) Evil.
(d) Useful.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. What did Thoreau label the governor of his state?
(a) Slow to action.
(b) Ineffective.
(c) Useless.
(d) All of these.

7. What kind of issue did Thoreau say slavery was?
(a) Moral.
(b) Political.
(c) All of these.
(d) Spiritual.

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

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

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

11. Where was Anthony Burns from?
(a) New York.
(b) West Virginia.
(c) Massachusetts.
(d) Virginia.

12. What holiday did Thoreau give 'Slavery in Massachusetts' on?
(a) Valentine's Day.
(b) Halloween.
(c) Independance Day.
(d) Thanksgiving.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Thoreau blame the citizens of his state for slavery?

3. What attribute does Thoreau say just men will have?

4. What does Thoreau say happens when government gets involved in trade and commerce?

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

(see the answer keys)

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