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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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 proposed instead of John.
(c) She wishes Henry had not introduced her to John.
(d) She wishes Henry would help John get over her.

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

7. What becomes clear about Ellen and her father?
(a) They do not agree on how Edmund should be raised.
(b) They are very close.
(c) They are both Transcendentalists.
(d) Neither really understand Transcendentalism.

8. What happens to the man, in Waldo's story, who goes to India to earn a fortune, so he can retire a poet?
(a) He never earns a fortune.
(b) He dies wealthy and a poet.
(c) He dies on his way to India.
(d) He dies with a huge fortune and no poems.

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

10. For what does Henry propose to work?
(a) Food.
(b) A piece of Waldo's property in the woods, so that he can conduct an "experiment."
(c) A small Salary.
(d) A small garden in the back property.

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

12. Why does Ellen not marry John?
(a) Her father objects.
(b) She does not love him.
(c) She loves Henry.
(d) She is too young.

13. Why does Henry object to the whole notion of retirement?
(a) People work during the best part of their lives so they can relax during their declining years.
(b) He does not want to think about growing old.
(c) People do not take as many years of retirement.
(d) He is a workaholic.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Henry compare Waldo lecturing?

2. Why does Henry offer to work for 10 cents a week?

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

4. What does Henry then urge all his students not to do but to savor their sensations of the world?

5. Henry tells John that college was a waste of time except for what?

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