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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) To make the alphabet more exciting.
(b) It would be very tricky for everyone to remember.
(c) To make the alphabet less linear and more human.
(d) It would be more fun that way.

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

3. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?
(a) He will only do certain things.
(b) The things that need doing will tell him about it.
(c) Let him know what they need.
(d) They need to give him a list.

4. If more people were willing to go to jail to protest the government, they could effect change on what scale?
(a) The scale of the Mexican War.
(b) The scale of the American Revolution.
(c) The scale of the Civil War.
(d) A small scale.

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

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

7. To what does Henry compare Waldo lecturing?
(a) A Unitarian preacher.
(b) A Roman emperor giving away gold coins
(c) The President of the United States.
(d) An old college professor.

8. 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 will work for room and board.
(d) He does not need any money.

9. 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 dies with a huge fortune and no poems.
(b) He dies on his way to India.
(c) He dies wealthy and a poet.
(d) He never earns a fortune.

10. Why does Henry make this agreement with Ellen before taking her to shore?
(a) He knows that John likes her very much.
(b) He knows she likes John.
(c) He loves her.
(d) He knows she loves him.

11. Why do the townsfolk look strangely at Henry?
(a) Henry is arguing with the constable.
(b) Henry takes off one shoe.
(c) Henry is stumbling around.
(d) Henry is sneaking around in the dark.

12. 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 jailer.
(b) The people outside.
(c) The birds on the clock tower.
(d) Bailey, his cellmate.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Waldo respond when Ball asks him about listening to another clergyman?

2. How does the lighting show a new time period and a younger Waldo?

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

4. Why is Henry seized with a new feeling of love for Ellen?

5. What does Henry attempt to explain to Ellen?

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