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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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 stronger hue.
(c) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage becomes more white.
(d) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage shifts to a bright yellow.

4. What does Henry do when he catches Ellen writing notes once again?
(a) He urges her to be an individual.
(b) He quizzes her over her notes.
(c) He urges her to put the notes on note cards.
(d) He tells her to continue the hard work.

5. 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.

6. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"
(a) By thinking for herself.
(b) Live at home.
(c) Stay young.
(d) Do not fall in love.

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

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

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

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

11. In what town is the play set?
(a) Boston, Massachusetts.
(b) Providence, Rhode Island.
(c) East Hampton, New York.
(d) Concord, Massachusetts.

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

13. Henry sits up on his cot, and what is his response to his mother's question?
(a) He does not know what happened to John.
(b) His father is dead.
(c) There is "not someone" with him.
(d) He has "not done something."

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the old man who enters with his wife?

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

3. What becomes clear about Ellen and her father?

4. Why does Henry not hug Ellen?

5. What do Henry and Bailey see outside the window of the cell?

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