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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what does Henry compare time?
(a) To a road.
(b) To sand.
(c) To a river.
(d) To the sun.

2. 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.

3. Henry notes that he can feel the sound waves from the clock tower. Who does he say he is freer in jail than?
(a) The people outside.
(b) The jailer.
(c) Bailey, his cellmate.
(d) The birds on the clock tower.

4. What words of Waldo's does Henry repeat like a mantra?
(a) "Be free to be yourself."
(b) "Cast conformity behind you."
(c) "Follow your own path."
(d) "Follow the yellow brick road."

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

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

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

8. Henry tells Sam he will not pay for the war in Mexico. Why?
(a) He likes Mexico.
(b) He does not have the money.
(c) To do so would make him a murderer.
(d) He does not like taxes.

9. Why is Deacon Ball, the Chair of the Concord School Committee, shocked at what Henry has been discussing with his class?
(a) The students do not address him as "Sir."
(b) Matters of theology should be left to religious leaders.
(c) He is not following the curriculum.
(d) There are girls in the course.

10. 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) Without a salary, he will be free of obligations.
(c) He does not need any money.
(d) He will work for room and board.

11. What does Henry attempt to explain to Ellen?
(a) Love.
(b) Calculus.
(c) Transcendentalism.
(d) Boating.

12. How does Henry reply when Sam asks him what his occupation is?
(a) Henry tells him he is a carpenter.
(b) Henry answers with several of the different jobs he has done.
(c) Henry answers that he is a writer.
(d) Henry tells him he is a protester.

13. What does Henry point out to Bailey about doing what is expected of you?
(a) It will get you out of jail faster.
(b) It is the right thing to do.
(c) It can suffocate you.
(d) It is safer.

14. What does Henry notice about Ellen?
(a) She is beautiful.
(b) She is an older girl and is taking notes.
(c) She is staring at him.
(d) She is younger than any of the other students.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does John attribute Henry's nonconformity?

2. Why is Bailey in jail?

3. In another area of the stage, Henry's mother is visibly upset. What does she ask Henry?

4. Why does Henry urge Bailey to remain uneducated?

5. What is the setting for the beginning of the play?

(see the answer keys)

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