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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 does Waldo tell Lydian will be interesting?
(a) Having a outspoken repairperson.
(b) Having a Harvard-educated repairperson.
(c) Having an odd repairperson.
(d) Having a Transcendentalist repairperson.

2. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?
(a) Waldo wonders where Henry is and ends up at the jail.
(b) Lydian brings Waldo a note.
(c) Waldo hears the news from a neighbor.
(d) Lydian hears it at the market and tells Waldo.

3. Why is Deacon Ball, the Chair of the Concord School Committee, shocked at what Henry has been discussing with his class?
(a) He is not following the curriculum.
(b) There are girls in the course.
(c) The students do not address him as "Sir."
(d) Matters of theology should be left to religious leaders.

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

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

Short Answer 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?

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

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

4. Who are the only people married in John and Henry's family?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the set for this play?

2. What does Henry say about humanity's effect on the environment?

3. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?

4. Why does Henry try to conform to Deacon Ball's expectations? Is he able to conform?

5. 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."

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

7. How does the act close?

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

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

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

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