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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 tells John that college was a waste of time except for what?
(a) The weekends.
(b) Waldo's lectures.
(c) The lab courses.
(d) Lunch.

2. What word does Deacon Ball use incorrectly, which actually means forbidden?
(a) Perscribed.
(b) Prisribed.
(c) Proscribed.
(d) Penscribed.

3. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?
(a) Ellen does not love John as he thought.
(b) Ellen rejects him.
(c) His rowing scares Ellen.
(d) His intensity frightens Ellen away.

4. If more people were willing to go to jail to protest the government, they could effect change on what scale?
(a) A small scale.
(b) The scale of the American Revolution.
(c) The scale of the Civil War.
(d) The scale of the Mexican War.

5. Henry sits up on his cot, and what is his response to his mother's question?
(a) There is "not someone" with him.
(b) He does not know what happened to John.
(c) His father is dead.
(d) He has "not done something."

Short Answer Questions

1. Ellen says that she has to go home, and Henry delays. Why?

2. What does Henry offer to Waldo and Lydian?

3. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?

4. On what do John and Henry then agree?

5. What does Ellen wish about Henry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Deacon Ball's reaction to Henry's class discussion?

2. What does Henry say to Ellen, showing the audience that he likes her?

3. 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."

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

5. What does Henry say to Ellen when he sees her taking notes?

6. In the play it is not know whether or not Henry stays in jail until the end of Bailey's trial. What do you believe takes place?

7. What advice of his own does Henry take?

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

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

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

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