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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 returns to his jail cell. What is Bailey happily doing?
(a) Practicing writing his name.
(b) Reading a book.
(c) Dreaming.
(d) Talking to Sam.

2. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?
(a) He will not become more strange.
(b) Henry's children will not be strange.
(c) He will straighten out.
(d) John will turn out not to be strange as well.

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

4. Where does Henry live?
(a) By Walden Pond.
(b) By the ocean.
(c) Downtown Concord.
(d) On the beach.

5. Who will be Henry's protege?
(a) Edmund.
(b) Edward.
(c) Ellen.
(d) Ethan.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What word does Deacon Ball use incorrectly, which actually means forbidden?

3. Why does Henry say that he cannot pray for John's soul?

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

5. Why does Henry object to the whole notion of retirement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What inspires Henry at the end of the play?

5. Describe Henry's negotiations for his pay for working for Waldo.

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

7. What is evidence that Henry's thoughts might seem backwards?

8. How does Sam show that he is acting against his wishes when serving Henry with his tax bill?

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

10. Why does Henry encourage Williams to go to Canada? What happens to Williams?

(see the answer keys)

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