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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 agrees to take her to shore if she will do what?
(a) Marry John.
(b) Marry him.
(c) Go to church with him.
(d) Go to church with John.

2. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?
(a) The things that need doing will tell him about it.
(b) Let him know what they need.
(c) They need to give him a list.
(d) He will only do certain things.

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

4. Why will Henry not pay his taxes?
(a) He does not have the money.
(b) The government is corrupt.
(c) Taxes do not help the people.
(d) He hates paying taxes.

5. How does Ellen find Transcendentalism?
(a) Sneaky.
(b) Nice.
(c) Evil.
(d) Scary.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what do John and Henry then agree?

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

3. What does Ellen wish about Henry?

4. What does Henry then urge all his students not to do but to savor their sensations of the world?

5. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Waldo marvels at Henry, and expresses his own admiration for Henry's beliefs. He refers to Henry as a "walking ethic," living proof of Transcendentalism. Why does he feel this way about Henry?

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

3. How does Henry react to how Bailey handles his time in jail?

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

5. What discussion do John and Henry have regarding Ellen's interest in both brothers?

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

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

8. What advice of his own does Henry take?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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