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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does the lighting show a new time period and a younger Waldo?
(a) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage shifts to a stronger hue.
(b) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage becomes more white.
(c) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage shifts to a bright yellow.
(d) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage becomes warmer.

3. What does Henry note that people must do, regarding books?
(a) Read as many books as possible.
(b) Write books.
(c) Be picky when choosing a book to read.
(d) Find books instead of the other way around.

4. Henry returns to his jail cell. What is Bailey happily doing?
(a) Practicing writing his name.
(b) Reading a book.
(c) Talking to Sam.
(d) Dreaming.

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

6. Ellen says that she has to go home, and Henry delays. Why?
(a) He has trouble rowing the boat.
(b) He wants to tell her about John.
(c) He is afraid of her father.
(d) He finally tells her that he loves her.

7. What has Ellen's father done, regarding her little brother, Edmund?
(a) he has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not care for Henry.
(b) He is sending Edmund to boarding school to get a better education.
(c) He has enterd Edmund into the school because he is a Transcedentalist.
(d) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.

8. What does Ellen wish about Henry?
(a) She wishes Henry would have proposed so that she could refuse him also.
(b) She wishes Henry had not introduced her to John.
(c) She wishes Henry would help John get over her.
(d) She wishes Henry had proposed instead of John.

9. 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) The books.
(b) Their teacher.
(c) College.
(d) School.

10. Sam notes that he does not like having to serve Henry with the bill. What does Henry urge him to do?
(a) Serve him the bill.
(b) Not to serve him the bill.
(c) Put himself in jail.
(d) Quit as constable.

11. What does Waldo tell Lydian will be interesting?
(a) Having a Transcendentalist repairperson.
(b) Having a outspoken repairperson.
(c) Having an odd repairperson.
(d) Having a Harvard-educated repairperson.

12. Henry replies that he likes the way the alphabet sounds and feels when read backwards. Why does he think that things should be mixed up?
(a) It would be very tricky for everyone to remember.
(b) To make the alphabet more exciting.
(c) To make the alphabet less linear and more human.
(d) It would be more fun that way.

13. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?
(a) Waldo hears the news from a neighbor.
(b) Lydian hears it at the market and tells Waldo.
(c) Lydian brings Waldo a note.
(d) Waldo wonders where Henry is and ends up at the jail.

14. Upon what does Henry lament, regarding the environment?
(a) The fact that humanity has done so much damage to the environment.
(b) There are too many biting insects.
(c) Concord is too wild for his taste.
(d) He would like to live in a more tropical environment.

15. Bailey is impressed and observes that Henry must be a teacher. Why is Bailey impressed with Henry?
(a) Henry teaches him how to play the flute.
(b) Henry teaches him mathematics.
(c) Henry teaches him about Transcendentalism.
(d) Henry teaches him how to read and write his name.

Short Answer Questions

1. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"

2. What occupation does Sam mark?

3. Who does Waldo say "were trying to buy popularity?"

4. For what does Henry invite Ellen?

5. Why is Henry seized with a new feeling of love for Ellen?

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