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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Transcendentalism?
(a) A way of traveling from one continent to another.
(b) The belief in karma, nirvana, and reincarnation.
(c) A person's thoughts or emotions that transcend or rise above their external perceptions.
(d) A Christian denomination, similar to the Methodist faith.

2. 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 stronger hue.
(b) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage becomes more white.
(c) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage becomes warmer.
(d) The lighting on Waldo's side of the stage shifts to a bright yellow.

3. What is Henry's response when Ellen asks what will happen to the school now that there are no students?
(a) He will change the way the school is run to keep students.
(b) He will be the student and will learn from nature.
(c) He will find new students.
(d) He says they will close and he will have to go back to teaching at a university.

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

5. In another area of the stage, Henry's mother is visibly upset. What does she ask Henry?
(a) Who is with him.
(b) Where his father is.
(c) What he has done.
(d) What has happened to John.

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

7. Why does Ellen offer to leave?
(a) She is the only girl.
(b) She has not paid tuition.
(c) Her father does not want her in the school.
(d) She is failing the course.

8. What word does Deacon Ball use incorrectly, which actually means forbidden?
(a) Prisribed.
(b) Penscribed.
(c) Perscribed.
(d) Proscribed.

9. 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."

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

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

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

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

14. Upon what does Henry lament, regarding the environment?
(a) There are too many biting insects.
(b) He would like to live in a more tropical environment.
(c) The fact that humanity has done so much damage to the environment.
(d) Concord is too wild for his taste.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?

2. Why does Henry object to the whole notion of retirement?

3. Why does Henry not hug Ellen?

4. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?

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

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