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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. To what does John attribute Henry's nonconformity?
(a) Henry's desire to be isolated.
(b) Henry's Harvard education.
(c) Henry's private school education.
(d) Henry's nature.

3. Why does Henry say that he cannot pray for John's soul?
(a) He does not believe in God.
(b) He cannot pray to a God that does not listen.
(c) He is angry with God for taking his brother.
(d) He does not believe John's soul is in heaven.

4. Why does Henry not hug Ellen?
(a) He does not like her.
(b) He is afraid she will cringe.
(c) Out of a sense of propriety.
(d) He is embarrassed.

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

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

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

8. For what does Henry propose to work?
(a) A piece of Waldo's property in the woods, so that he can conduct an "experiment."
(b) Food.
(c) A small Salary.
(d) A small garden in the back property.

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

10. Where does Henry live?
(a) By the ocean.
(b) By Walden Pond.
(c) On the beach.
(d) Downtown Concord.

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

12. Who are the only people married in John and Henry's family?
(a) Their parents and uncle.
(b) Their parents and older brother.
(c) Their father and mother.
(d) Their parents and aunt.

13. What words of Waldo's does Henry repeat like a mantra?
(a) "Follow your own path."
(b) "Cast conformity behind you."
(c) "Be free to be yourself."
(d) "Follow the yellow brick road."

14. What is the setting for the beginning of the play?
(a) A school.
(b) A jail cell in the center of the stage.
(c) Walden Pond.
(d) Long Island Sound.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After telling Ellen about Transcendentalism, what does he invite her to do?

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

3. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?

4. What occupation does Sam mark?

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

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