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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. John's cheering of Henry leads to what inspiration?
(a) Henry proposing they protest the Mexican War.
(b) Henry proposes they start their own school.
(c) Henry moving away from Walden Pond.
(d) Henry quitting his job.

2. Why does Henry urge Bailey to remain uneducated?
(a) So he will stay in jail.
(b) So that he will not write books.
(c) So he will get sympathy.
(d) So that he will not have to pay for an education.

3. Sam notes that he does not like having to serve Henry with the bill. What does Henry urge him to do?
(a) Serve him the bill.
(b) Put himself in jail.
(c) Quit as constable.
(d) Not to serve him the bill.

4. How does Waldo respond when Ball asks him about listening to another clergyman?
(a) He is always glad when the sermon is over.
(b) He tends to fall asleep.
(c) He gets good sermon ideas from other clergymen.
(d) He becomes nervous.

5. Ball notes that it is a sin to work on Sundays, and what does John note about Henry?
(a) God would not mind Henry's work.
(b) He worships in nature.
(c) He is a sinner.
(d) He does not consider gardening to be work.

Short Answer Questions

1. If more people were willing to go to jail to protest the government, they could effect change on what scale?

2. What does Henry note that people must do, regarding books?

3. What happens to the man, in Waldo's story, who goes to India to earn a fortune, so he can retire a poet?

4. Henry mocks Ball by telling his students to prevent all their senses from experiencing life so that they can all focus solely on what?

5. For what does Henry propose to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry react violently when Williams tells him what he wants to be called? Why might Williams want to be called this?

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

3. What is the discussion between Henry and Bailey, regarding time?

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

5. Describe the scene when Sam Staples tells him he must pay his property taxes?

6. How does Henry feel about this decision?

7. What does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

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

9. What does Henry tell Waldo to do?

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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