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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why is Henry applying for work as a repair person?
(a) He wants to help the Emersons.
(b) He wants to stop thinking.
(c) He likes to work with his hands.
(d) He loves to repair machinery.

4. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"
(a) Live at home.
(b) Do not fall in love.
(c) Stay young.
(d) By thinking for herself.

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

6. Why does Henry note that it is good that men do not know how to fly?
(a) They would hurt the birds in the sky.
(b) They would dive to earth.
(c) If they did they would damage and dirty the clouds and the air.
(d) They would run into one another in the air.

7. Why does Henry object to the whole notion of retirement?
(a) People do not take as many years of retirement.
(b) People work during the best part of their lives so they can relax during their declining years.
(c) He does not want to think about growing old.
(d) He is a workaholic.

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

9. What becomes clear about Ellen and her father?
(a) Neither really understand Transcendentalism.
(b) They are both Transcendentalists.
(c) They do not agree on how Edmund should be raised.
(d) They are very close.

10. 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 readily accepts his offer.
(d) He want to negotiate a salary.

11. For what does Henry invite Ellen?
(a) A picnic.
(b) A swim.
(c) A boat ride.
(d) A walk.

12. Why will Henry not pay his taxes?
(a) He does not have the money.
(b) Taxes do not help the people.
(c) He hates paying taxes.
(d) The government is corrupt.

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

14. 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 care for Henry.
(d) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do both Henry and Waldo do simultaneously?

2. For what does Henry propose to work?

3. Henry notes that he can feel the sound waves from the clock tower. Who does he say he is freer in jail than?

4. John's cheering of Henry leads to what inspiration?

5. What similarity between Henry and Waldo do John and Mother note?

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