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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Henry believe is the motivation for the war in Mexico?
(a) Love for the United States and the desire to spread freedom.
(b) A desire for more land for Southern slave owners.
(c) Control over other countries.
(d) Money and power.

2. What pleases Henry about Williams?
(a) Williams tells him of his desire to escape slavery.
(b) Williams is going back into slavery.
(c) Williams will be staying at Walden Pond to help him.
(d) Williams is a kind man.

3. How do the stage directions describe Henry's discussion of Waldo' virtues?
(a) A "mixture of love and devotion."
(b) A "mixture of admiration and contempt."
(c) A "mixture of fear and loathing."
(d) A "mixture of jealousy and hate."

4. Why does Edward suggest that Henry would be a better father?
(a) Henry is more fun than his own father.
(b) Henry is nicer than his own father.
(c) His father is often away from the house.
(d) His father would not play with him like Henry does.

5. How does Henry feel when he shouts with no response and tries to ring the bell, but no sound emerges?
(a) He feels somewhat relieved.
(b) He feels discouraged and powerless.
(c) He feels confused and unsure.
(d) He feels frustrated, yet determined.

6. What does Williams do when he sees Henry?
(a) He hugs him.
(b) He tries to hide from him.
(c) He attacks him.
(d) He runs from him.

7. How is Bailey feeling about his trial?
(a) He is fairly calm.
(b) He is confident in his aquittal.
(c) He is clearly panicked.
(d) He is a little worried.

8. What does the lighting in this jail cell scene make clear through its frightening blasts of red and other psychedelic colors?
(a) This is a tornado.
(b) This is a fire.
(c) This is the devil's lair.
(d) This is a dream.

9. How does the scene restart?
(a) It does not restart.
(b) In slow motion.
(c) Quickly.
(d) Suddenly.

10. When does all action on stage stop?
(a) When Henry yells for the war to end.
(b) When John is shot.
(c) An unseen voice addresses Congress and urges the President to stop the war.
(d) When Edward is shot.

11. What happens when Henry urges him to run away?
(a) He hides.
(b) He refuses to leave, so he may fight in the battle.
(c) All the soldiers start to shoot at him.
(d) He refuses to leave Henry.

12. What is happening to Henry in this scene?
(a) He is caught in the tornado.
(b) He has sold his soul to the devil.
(c) His nightmare of the war is being enacted.
(d) He and Bailey are caught in a fire.

13. What happens as Williams darts offstage?
(a) He says he's running to Walden Pond.
(b) He begins shooting his rifle.
(c) He is shot.
(d) He is followed by racist epithets.

14. What happens to Henry when he tries to object to the President?
(a) No sound comes from his mouth.
(b) A loud noise covers his words.
(c) Waldo tells him to stop talking.
(d) He is shot and wounded.

15. What does the audience learn about Williams once he leaves Walden Pond?
(a) He is a free man in New York.
(b) He has been shot at the border.
(c) He lives in Canada.
(d) He is sent back into slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is there sexual tension between Lydian and Henry?

2. Where must Waldo go to speak out against injustice?

3. What does Henry suggest to Bailey?

4. Why does Henry make up a poem/prayer for Bailey?

5. What does Henry think about lawyers?

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