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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who is the old man who enters with his wife?
(a) Edward Emerson.
(b) Henry David Thoreau.
(c) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(d) John Thoreau.

3. What does Henry note that people must do, regarding books?
(a) Be picky when choosing a book to read.
(b) Write books.
(c) Read as many books as possible.
(d) Find books instead of the other way around.

4. 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(b) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.
(c) he has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not care for Henry.
(d) He is sending Edmund to boarding school to get a better education.

5. What similarity between Henry and Waldo do John and Mother note?
(a) Waldo and Henry's irritability.
(b) Waldo and Henry's looks.
(c) Waldo and Henry's personalites.
(d) Waldo and Henry's speeches.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Ellen offer to leave?

3. After telling Ellen about Transcendentalism, what does he invite her to do?

4. What does Ball threaten to do to Henry?

5. What words of Waldo's does Henry repeat like a mantra?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Waldo and Henry treat one another, as opposed to how they feel about one another?

2. Waldo marvels at Henry, and expresses his own admiration for Henry's beliefs. He refers to Henry as a "walking ethic," living proof of Transcendentalism. Why does he feel this way about Henry?

3. How does Henry show that he cares about his brother and his brother's feelings?

4. How does Henry become Edward's tutor?

5. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?

6. Why will Ellen not marry John?

7. What inspires Henry at the end of the play?

8. What does Waldo mean when he accuses Henry of resigning from the human race?

9. How does Henry feel about this decision?

10. What is the lighting like at the beginning of the first scene?

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