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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who teased Thoreau when he took the advice he gives in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) His neighbors.
(b) His incumbents.
(c) His family.
(d) His cell mate.

3. How does Thoreau say soldiers are expected to perform their duties?
(a) Faithfully.
(b) Obediently.
(c) Mindlessly.
(d) Intelligently.

4. What does Thoreau say is the greatest hindrance on society in 'Civil Disobedience'?
(a) Illiteracy.
(b) Discrimination.
(c) Slaves.
(d) Government.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What word did Thoreau use to describe the holiday that is being celebrated when he was delivering, 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?

2. What did Thoreau say made men innocent in 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?

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

4. How does Thoreau begin 'Civil Disobedience'?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Thoreau say gave the government their power, and what did Thoreau suggest men should do in response to this?

2. What did Thoreau say government got involved in, and what did he think was the result of this?

3. How did Thoreau feel about the attack that took place on the Boston Courthouse?

4. Who did Thoreau say the government saw as their authority, and how did he feel about this?

5. How did Thoreau end 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?

6. What did Thoreau say about laws in 'Slavery in Massachusetts'?

7. How did Thoreau feel about the governor of Massachusetts, and why?

8. How did Thoreau describe his punishment for his own act of 'Civil Disobedience'?

9. How did Thoreau suggest men should withdraw their support of an unjust government?

10. What kind of issue did Thoreau say slavery was turning into, and how did he feel about this?

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