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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. What word does Deacon Ball use incorrectly, which actually means forbidden?
(a) Proscribed.
(b) Perscribed.
(c) Penscribed.
(d) Prisribed.

2. Why does Henry offer to work for 10 cents a week?
(a) He knows the Emerson's do not have a lot of money.
(b) He will work for room and board.
(c) Without a salary, he will be free of obligations.
(d) He does not need any money.

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

4. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?
(a) His intensity frightens Ellen away.
(b) His rowing scares Ellen.
(c) Ellen does not love John as he thought.
(d) Ellen rejects him.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Ball notes that it is a sin to work on Sundays, and what does John note about Henry?

3. How does Waldo respond when Ball asks him about listening to another clergyman?

4. When Waldo offers money, how does Henry respond?

5. Henry returns to his jail cell. What is Bailey happily doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the discussion between Henry and Bailey, regarding time?

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

3. What roles do the play's characters assume in Henry's dream?

4. What do Henry and Bailey see out the cell window?

5. What is Waldo's reaction to Henry's arrest?

6. How do Edward Henry grow closer during their time together?

7. What advice of his own does Henry take?

8. How does Henry react to how Bailey handles his time in jail?

9. In the play it is not know whether or not Henry stays in jail until the end of Bailey's trial. What do you believe takes place?

10. What happens after Henry gives Waldo the advice to speak out against the war?

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