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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

3. For what does Henry invite Ellen?
(a) A boat ride.
(b) A swim.
(c) A walk.
(d) A picnic.

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

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

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

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

8. 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 clean their home for them.
(d) To babysit their son.

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

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

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

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

13. What does Waldo tell Lydian will be interesting?
(a) Having a Harvard-educated repairperson.
(b) Having a outspoken repairperson.
(c) Having a Transcendentalist repairperson.
(d) Having an odd repairperson.

14. Ball tells Henry that they have been feeding their souls. How does Henry reply?
(a) He has been feeding the birds.
(b) He has been feeding his face.
(c) He has been feeding plants with manure.
(d) He has been feeding his soul in nature.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What words of Waldo's does Henry repeat like a mantra?

2. Why will Henry not give money to the government?

3. Henry notes that he can feel the sound waves from the clock tower. Who does he say he is freer in jail than?

4. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?

5. Bailey is impressed and observes that Henry must be a teacher. Why is Bailey impressed with Henry?

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