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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Ellen offer to leave?
(a) She is the only girl.
(b) She has not paid tuition.
(c) Her father does not want her in the school.
(d) She is failing the course.

2. What is the setting for the beginning of the play?
(a) A school.
(b) A jail cell in the center of the stage.
(c) Long Island Sound.
(d) Walden Pond.

3. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?
(a) He will straighten out.
(b) He will not become more strange.
(c) John will turn out not to be strange as well.
(d) Henry's children will not be strange.

4. Henry mocks Ball by telling his students to prevent all their senses from experiencing life so that they can all focus solely on what?
(a) School.
(b) College.
(c) The books.
(d) Their teacher.

5. Who is the old man who enters with his wife?
(a) John Thoreau.
(b) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(c) Henry David Thoreau.
(d) Edward Emerson.

6. Who will be Henry's protege?
(a) Edward.
(b) Ellen.
(c) Ethan.
(d) Edmund.

7. What word does Deacon Ball use incorrectly, which actually means forbidden?
(a) Perscribed.
(b) Proscribed.
(c) Prisribed.
(d) Penscribed.

8. How does Bailey feel about being in jail with Henry?
(a) He is delighted to be in jail with an author.
(b) He hates being in jail with him.
(c) He is irritated by him.
(d) He does not mind being in jail with an author.

9. Why does Henry make this agreement with Ellen before taking her to shore?
(a) He knows that John likes her very much.
(b) He knows she likes John.
(c) He knows she loves him.
(d) He loves her.

10. After telling Ellen about Transcendentalism, what does he invite her to do?
(a) Go to a Unitarian church.
(b) Go beyond "being" and start "living."
(c) Go beyond "living" and start "being."
(d) Be kind to others to build good karma.

11. Henry agrees to take her to shore if she will do what?
(a) Go to church with him.
(b) Marry him.
(c) Marry John.
(d) Go to church with John.

12. What do Henry and Bailey see outside the window of the cell?
(a) Their neighbors.
(b) The constable.
(c) A drunk staggering around.
(d) The keys.

13. What is the only reason for why Henry leaves his home?
(a) To visit friends.
(b) To see his family.
(c) For trips to town for supplies.
(d) To go swimming.

14. Why does Henry offer to work for 10 cents a week?
(a) He knows the Emerson's do not have a lot of money.
(b) He will work for room and board.
(c) Without a salary, he will be free of obligations.
(d) He does not need any money.

15. Who does Waldo say "were trying to buy popularity?"
(a) Roman emperors.
(b) College professors.
(c) The members of his congregation.
(d) His students.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Henry say that he cannot pray for John's soul?

2. On what do John and Henry then agree?

3. Henry tells Sam he will not pay for the war in Mexico. Why?

4. What happens to the man, in Waldo's story, who goes to India to earn a fortune, so he can retire a poet?

5. To what does Henry compare Waldo lecturing?

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