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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What occupation does Sam mark?
(a) Carpenter.
(b) Tutor.
(c) Writer.
(d) Principal.

4. Why is the lighting on the empty areas of the set weak?
(a) To suggest winter.
(b) The lights are broken.
(c) To suggest a dream.
(d) To suggest old age.

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

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

7. What does Henry notice about Ellen?
(a) She is staring at him.
(b) She is an older girl and is taking notes.
(c) She is younger than any of the other students.
(d) She is beautiful.

8. 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.

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

10. Sam notes that he does not like having to serve Henry with the bill. What does Henry urge him to do?
(a) Put himself in jail.
(b) Serve him the bill.
(c) Not to serve him the bill.
(d) Quit as constable.

11. What does Henry offer to Waldo and Lydian?
(a) To make their home a green home.
(b) To babysit their son.
(c) To be a tutor for their son.
(d) To clean their home for them.

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

13. Henry and his mother keep talking, and she tells him she does not know who he is. How does he reply?
(a) He is who he has always been.
(b) He has changed.
(c) He is himself.
(d) He is the same.

14. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?
(a) His brother's.
(b) His father's.
(c) Waldo's.
(d) His mother's.

15. 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) A small scale.
(c) The scale of the Mexican War.
(d) The scale of the Civil War.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Ellen offer to leave?

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

4. What do Henry and Bailey see outside the window of the cell?

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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