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

2. After telling Ellen about Transcendentalism, what does he invite her to do?
(a) Go to a Unitarian church.
(b) Be kind to others to build good karma.
(c) Go beyond "living" and start "being."
(d) Go beyond "being" and start "living."

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

4. How do John and Henry get on the topic of polygamy?
(a) They want many wives.
(b) They are considering creating their own cult.
(c) John notes that Ellen would marry both of them.
(d) They both like Ellen.

5. Why do the townsfolk look strangely at Henry?
(a) Henry takes off one shoe.
(b) Henry is arguing with the constable.
(c) Henry is sneaking around in the dark.
(d) Henry is stumbling around.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Henry do when he catches Ellen writing notes once again?

2. What does Henry tell Bailey he drinks?

3. Upon what does Henry lament, regarding the environment?

4. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?

5. Who will be Henry's protege?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry get out of jail?

2. What is the set for this play?

3. What is the story Henry tells about the character Williams?

4. What does Edward tell his mother when he and Henry return? What is his reasoning for this?

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

6. How is Ellen supportive of Henry at his brother's funeral?

7. What might the flute melody represent?

8. What advice of his own does Henry take?

9. 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?

10. What stops the war action on stage for a moment?

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