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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Bailey in jail?
(a) Burning down a barn.
(b) Breaking and entering.
(c) Robbing a store.
(d) Murdering his neighbor.

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

3. Henry agrees to take her to shore if she will do what?
(a) Marry John.
(b) Marry him.
(c) Go to church with him.
(d) Go to church with John.

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

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

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) Go to class.
(d) Emulate him.

7. What is Henry's response when Ellen asks what will happen to the school now that there are no students?
(a) He will find new students.
(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 be the student and will learn from nature.

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

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

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

11. What does Ellen wish about Henry?
(a) She wishes Henry had not introduced her to John.
(b) She wishes Henry had proposed instead of John.
(c) She wishes Henry would have proposed so that she could refuse him also.
(d) She wishes Henry would help John get over her.

12. Why does Henry not hug Ellen?
(a) He does not like her.
(b) He is embarrassed.
(c) Out of a sense of propriety.
(d) He is afraid she will cringe.

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

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

15. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?
(a) He will straighten out.
(b) He will not become more strange.
(c) Henry's children will not be strange.
(d) John will turn out not to be strange as well.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the only people married in John and Henry's family?

2. To what does Henry compare time?

3. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?

4. Henry and his mother keep talking, and she tells him she does not know who he is. How does he reply?

5. Henry replies that he likes the way the alphabet sounds and feels when read backwards. Why does he think that things should be mixed up?

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