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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The audience's attention then goes back to the jail cell, where Henry is seen waking up who?
(a) The guard, Sam.
(b) His brother, John.
(c) His friend, Waldo.
(d) His cellmate, Bailey.

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

4. How does Ellen find Transcendentalism?
(a) Nice.
(b) Evil.
(c) Scary.
(d) Sneaky.

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

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

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(a) he has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not care for Henry.
(b) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.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

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

9. What does Henry point out to Bailey about doing what is expected of you?
(a) It will get you out of jail faster.
(b) It can suffocate you.
(c) It is safer.
(d) It is the right thing to do.

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

11. What do Henry and Bailey see outside the window of the cell?
(a) Their neighbors.
(b) The constable.
(c) A drunk staggering around.
(d) The keys.

12. What does Henry then urge all his students not to do but to savor their sensations of the world?
(a) Listen to their parents.
(b) Emulate him.
(c) Go to class.
(d) Stay inside buildings.

13. 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) Stay young.
(c) Do not fall in love.
(d) By thinking for herself.

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

15. Henry and his mother keep talking, and she tells him she does not know who he is. How does he reply?
(a) He is the same.
(b) He is himself.
(c) He has changed.
(d) He is who he has always been.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sam notes that he does not like having to serve Henry with the bill. What does Henry urge him to do?

2. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?

3. What does Henry notice about Ellen?

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

5. Why will Henry not give money to the government?

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