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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Waldo, who is clearly quite old, is losing his senses, mistakes what for a person?
(a) A shadow.
(b) A post.
(c) His umbrella.
(d) His overcoat.

2. Who are the only people married in John and Henry's family?
(a) Their father and mother.
(b) Their parents and older brother.
(c) Their parents and uncle.
(d) Their parents and aunt.

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

4. How do John and Henry get on the topic of polygamy?
(a) They are considering creating their own cult.
(b) They both like Ellen.
(c) John notes that Ellen would marry both of them.
(d) They want many wives.

5. Where does Henry live?
(a) Downtown Concord.
(b) By the ocean.
(c) On the beach.
(d) By Walden Pond.

6. What does Henry then urge all his students not to do but to savor their sensations of the world?
(a) Listen to their parents.
(b) Stay inside buildings.
(c) Emulate him.
(d) Go to class.

7. How does Bailey respond when Henry asks him about marriage?
(a) He gives a derisive snort.
(b) He gives a shout of joy.
(c) He laughs.
(d) He cries.

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

9. 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.

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

11. 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.

12. What is Henry's response when Ellen asks what will happen to the school now that there are no students?
(a) He will be the student and will learn from nature.
(b) He will change the way the school is run to keep students.
(c) He says they will close and he will have to go back to teaching at a university.
(d) He will find new students.

13. Ball notes that it is a sin to work on Sundays, and what does John note about Henry?
(a) He worships in nature.
(b) He does not consider gardening to be work.
(c) God would not mind Henry's work.
(d) He is a sinner.

14. To what does John attribute Henry's nonconformity?
(a) Henry's desire to be isolated.
(b) Henry's nature.
(c) Henry's private school education.
(d) Henry's Harvard education.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?

2. What does Henry discover as he is busily pointing out different species of grass?

3. Why will Henry not pay his taxes?

4. Why is Bailey in jail?

5. Henry agrees to take her to shore if she will do what?

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