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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ellen find Transcendentalism?
(a) Scary.
(b) Nice.
(c) Evil.
(d) Sneaky.

2. What do both Henry and Waldo do simultaneously?
(a) Henry tells his students he must follow the curriculum, as Waldo tells the congregation he will preach to the Unitarian principles.
(b) Henry teaches new courses and Waldo speaks at a different Unitarian Church.
(c) Henry resigns from teaching, as Waldo resigns as a Unitarian Minister.
(d) Henry argues with Ball, as Waldo argues with his wife.

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

4. What does Henry offer to Waldo and Lydian?
(a) To clean their home for them.
(b) To be a tutor for their son.
(c) To babysit their son.
(d) To make their home a green home.

5. Henry tells John that college was a waste of time except for what?
(a) The weekends.
(b) Lunch.
(c) The lab courses.
(d) Waldo's lectures.

6. Why is the lighting on the empty areas of the set weak?
(a) The lights are broken.
(b) To suggest a dream.
(c) To suggest winter.
(d) To suggest old age.

7. Why is Henry seized with a new feeling of love for Ellen?
(a) She comforts him.
(b) She says she loves him.
(c) She weeps over John's coffin.
(d) She actually understands Transcendentalism

8. Henry and his mother keep talking, and she tells him she does not know who he is. How does he reply?
(a) He is the same.
(b) He is who he has always been.
(c) He has changed.
(d) He is himself.

9. When Waldo offers money, how does Henry respond?
(a) He wants to be paid in kind.
(b) He has already been paid by being able to listen to his mentor's lectures.
(c) He want to negotiate a salary.
(d) He readily accepts his offer.

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

11. 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.

12. John's cheering of Henry leads to what inspiration?
(a) Henry proposes they start their own school.
(b) Henry quitting his job.
(c) Henry proposing they protest the Mexican War.
(d) Henry moving away from Walden Pond.

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

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

15. What similarity between Henry and Waldo do John and Mother note?
(a) Waldo and Henry's looks.
(b) Waldo and Henry's speeches.
(c) Waldo and Henry's irritability.
(d) Waldo and Henry's personalites.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Transcendentalism?

2. Why is Bailey in jail?

3. What does Ellen wish about Henry?

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. Why is Deacon Ball, the Chair of the Concord School Committee, shocked at what Henry has been discussing with his class?

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