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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. Henry notes that he can feel the sound waves from the clock tower. Who does he say he is freer in jail than?
(a) The people outside.
(b) The birds on the clock tower.
(c) Bailey, his cellmate.
(d) The jailer.

2. Henry tells Sam he will not pay for the war in Mexico. Why?
(a) He does not like taxes.
(b) He does not have the money.
(c) He likes Mexico.
(d) To do so would make him a murderer.

3. 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 is the right thing to do.
(c) It can suffocate you.
(d) It is safer.

4. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"
(a) Stay young.
(b) Live at home.
(c) By thinking for herself.
(d) Do not fall in love.

5. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?
(a) His mother's.
(b) His father's.
(c) Waldo's.
(d) His brother's.

Short Answer Questions

1. Henry mocks Ball by telling his students to prevent all their senses from experiencing life so that they can all focus solely on what?

2. Henry and his mother keep talking, and she tells him she does not know who he is. How does he reply?

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

4. What does Henry notice about Ellen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry think more people should be willing to go to jail?

2. How does Henry become Edward's tutor?

3. How does Henry feel about this decision?

4. Why is Henry in jail?

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

6. What does Henry tell Waldo to do?

7. How do Henry's mother and brother say about him?

8. Translate Henry's poem/prayer for Bailey. "Blessed Are the Young, for they do not read the President's speeches. Blessed Are They who never read a newspaper, for they shall see Nature and, through her, God. Blessed is Bailey, for he's a good fellow and deserves better treatment than you've been giving him even though he is a man of letters."

9. How does Henry get out of jail?

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

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