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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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(c) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.
(d) he has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not care for Henry.

3. Why does Henry urge Bailey to remain uneducated?
(a) So he will get sympathy.
(b) So he will stay in jail.
(c) So that he will not write books.
(d) So that he will not have to pay for an education.

4. Ball notes that it is a sin to work on Sundays, and what does John note about Henry?
(a) He does not consider gardening to be work.
(b) God would not mind Henry's work.
(c) He is a sinner.
(d) He worships in nature.

5. On what do John and Henry then agree?
(a) They will both get married as soon as possible to forget about Ellen.
(b) They will stay celibate for the rest of their lives.
(c) They will remain celibate until they are 90 and 92 years old, at which time they will both pursue Ellen.
(d) They will begin their cult and marry as many women as possible.

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

7. Who will be Henry's protege?
(a) Edward.
(b) Edmund.
(c) Ellen.
(d) Ethan.

8. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?
(a) Ellen does not love John as he thought.
(b) Ellen rejects him.
(c) His rowing scares Ellen.
(d) His intensity frightens Ellen away.

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

10. To what does Henry compare time?
(a) To a road.
(b) To the sun.
(c) To a river.
(d) To sand.

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

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

13. What is the only reason for why Henry leaves his home?
(a) To see his family.
(b) To go swimming.
(c) For trips to town for supplies.
(d) To visit friends.

14. Why is Henry seized with a new feeling of love for Ellen?
(a) She actually understands Transcendentalism
(b) She says she loves him.
(c) She weeps over John's coffin.
(d) She comforts him.

15. How do John and Henry get on the topic of polygamy?
(a) John notes that Ellen would marry both of them.
(b) They are considering creating their own cult.
(c) They both like Ellen.
(d) They want many wives.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the man, in Waldo's story, who goes to India to earn a fortune, so he can retire a poet?

2. Henry sits up on his cot, and what is his response to his mother's question?

3. Why does Ellen offer to leave?

4. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"

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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