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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Henry's advice when Bailey says he cannot swim?
(a) Henry tells him to plug his nose when he jumps in.
(b) Henry tells him not to struggle with the water.
(c) Henry tells him to avoid the ocean.
(d) Henry tells him to take lessons.

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

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

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

5. What has Ellen's father done, regarding her little brother, Edmund?
(a) he has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not care for Henry.
(b) He has enterd Edmund into the school because he is a Transcedentalist.
(c) He is sending Edmund to boarding school to get a better education.
(d) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.

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) Go to class.
(c) Stay inside buildings.
(d) Emulate him.

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

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

9. When Waldo offers money, how does Henry respond?
(a) He want to negotiate a salary.
(b) He has already been paid by being able to listen to his mentor's lectures.
(c) He readily accepts his offer.
(d) He wants to be paid in kind.

10. Why does Henry offer to work for 10 cents a week?
(a) He does not need any money.
(b) He will work for room and board.
(c) He knows the Emerson's do not have a lot of money.
(d) Without a salary, he will be free of obligations.

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

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

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

14. 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 American Revolution.
(b) The scale of the Mexican War.
(c) The scale of the Civil War.
(d) A small scale.

15. How does the lighting show a new time period and a younger Waldo?
(a) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage shifts to a bright yellow.
(b) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage becomes warmer.
(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 stronger hue.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what does Henry propose to work?

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

3. Henry returns to his jail cell. What is Bailey happily doing?

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

5. Why is the lighting on the empty areas of the set weak?

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