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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 time?
(a) To sand.
(b) To a road.
(c) To a river.
(d) To the sun.

2. 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) There are girls in the course.
(c) The students do not address him as "Sir."
(d) Matters of theology should be left to religious leaders.

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

4. 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.

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

6. How does Henry reply when Sam asks him what his occupation is?
(a) Henry tells him he is a protester.
(b) Henry answers that he is a writer.
(c) Henry tells him he is a carpenter.
(d) Henry answers with several of the different jobs he has done.

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

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

9. Why will Henry not give money to the government?
(a) He does not like the United States.
(b) He does not approve of its actions.
(c) He does not have the money to give to the government.
(d) He is not an American.

10. Who does Waldo say "were trying to buy popularity?"
(a) His students.
(b) College professors.
(c) The members of his congregation.
(d) Roman emperors.

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

12. 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.

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

14. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?
(a) Lydian brings Waldo a note.
(b) Waldo wonders where Henry is and ends up at the jail.
(c) Lydian hears it at the market and tells Waldo.
(d) Waldo hears the news from a neighbor.

15. What does Henry do when he catches Ellen writing notes once again?
(a) He urges her to put the notes on note cards.
(b) He urges her to be an individual.
(c) He tells her to continue the hard work.
(d) He quizzes her over her notes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Henry discover as he is busily pointing out different species of grass?

2. What is Henry's advice when Bailey says he cannot swim?

3. How does Bailey respond when Henry asks him about marriage?

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

5. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?

(see the answer keys)

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