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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) Prisribed.
(b) Proscribed.
(c) Perscribed.
(d) Penscribed.

2. Ellen says that she has to go home, and Henry delays. Why?
(a) He has trouble rowing the boat.
(b) He is afraid of her father.
(c) He wants to tell her about John.
(d) He finally tells her that he loves her.

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

4. What is the only reason for why Henry leaves his home?
(a) For trips to town for supplies.
(b) To see his family.
(c) To visit friends.
(d) To go swimming.

5. What becomes clear about Ellen and her father?
(a) Neither really understand Transcendentalism.
(b) They are very close.
(c) They are both Transcendentalists.
(d) They do not agree on how Edmund should be raised.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the setting for the beginning of the play?

2. Henry tells Sam he will not pay for the war in Mexico. Why?

3. Why does Henry not hug Ellen?

4. What does Henry discover as he is busily pointing out different species of grass?

5. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the set for this play?

3. What might be the reason for Lydian's suggestion that Henry should leave while Waldo is away in England?

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

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

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

7. Why is Henry in jail?

8. How does Act II open?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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