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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Henry tell Bailey he drinks?
(a) Juice and gets drunk from the wilderness.
(b) The air and gets drunk from nature.
(c) Milk and gets drunk on exercising.
(d) Water and gets drunk on love.

3. How does Waldo respond when Ball asks him about listening to another clergyman?
(a) He becomes nervous.
(b) He is always glad when the sermon is over.
(c) He tends to fall asleep.
(d) He gets good sermon ideas from other clergymen.

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

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

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

7. What is Transcendentalism?
(a) A way of traveling from one continent to another.
(b) The belief in karma, nirvana, and reincarnation.
(c) A Christian denomination, similar to the Methodist faith.
(d) A person's thoughts or emotions that transcend or rise above their external perceptions.

8. Who is the old man who enters with his wife?
(a) John Thoreau.
(b) Henry David Thoreau.
(c) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(d) Edward Emerson.

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

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

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

12. What does Henry discover as he is busily pointing out different species of grass?
(a) A beautiful flower.
(b) A species he has not seen in the area.
(c) An ant hill.
(d) A new species of bee.

13. Why will Henry not pay his taxes?
(a) The government is corrupt.
(b) He hates paying taxes.
(c) He does not have the money.
(d) Taxes do not help the people.

14. Henry returns to his jail cell. What is Bailey happily doing?
(a) Talking to Sam.
(b) Reading a book.
(c) Practicing writing his name.
(d) Dreaming.

15. Waldo, who is clearly quite old, is losing his senses, mistakes what for a person?
(a) His umbrella.
(b) A post.
(c) A shadow.
(d) His overcoat.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Ball tells Henry that they have been feeding their souls. How does Henry reply?

3. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?

4. What does Henry note that people must do, regarding books?

5. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?

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