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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. To what does John attribute Henry's nonconformity?
(a) Henry's private school education.
(b) Henry's nature.
(c) Henry's Harvard education.
(d) Henry's desire to be isolated.

2. Why is the lighting on the empty areas of the set weak?
(a) The lights are broken.
(b) To suggest winter.
(c) To suggest a dream.
(d) To suggest old age.

3. For what does Henry propose to work?
(a) A piece of Waldo's property in the woods, so that he can conduct an "experiment."
(b) A small Salary.
(c) Food.
(d) A small garden in the back property.

4. Ball tells Henry that they have been feeding their souls. How does Henry reply?
(a) He has been feeding plants with manure.
(b) He has been feeding his soul in nature.
(c) He has been feeding his face.
(d) He has been feeding the birds.

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(b) He has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not approve of Transcendentalism.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(d) he has withdrawn Edmund from the school because he does not care for Henry.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what do John and Henry then agree?

2. What does Henry note that people must do, regarding books?

3. What do Henry and Bailey see outside the window of the cell?

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

5. Why will Henry not give money to the government?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Henry tell Waldo to do?

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

4. What does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

5. What does Baily ask of Henry? What is Henry's response?

6. Sam brings him breakfast, and tells him that the telegraph line to Texas has been finished. What does the finished telegraph line to Texas mean?

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

8. What is the cause of John's death? How does Henry react to this tragic event?

9. How are Henry's Sunday rituals very different from many in town?

10. How is Waldo's dream created on the stage?

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