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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 occupation does Sam mark?
(a) Writer.
(b) Carpenter.
(c) Tutor.
(d) Principal.

2. To what does Henry compare time?
(a) To a road.
(b) To sand.
(c) To a river.
(d) To the sun.

3. 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.

4. What does Henry then urge all his students not to do but to savor their sensations of the world?
(a) Listen to their parents.
(b) Stay inside buildings.
(c) Emulate him.
(d) Go to class.

5. How does Henry reply when Sam asks him what his occupation is?
(a) Henry answers that he is a writer.
(b) Henry tells him he is a protester.
(c) Henry tells him he is a carpenter.
(d) Henry answers with several of the different jobs he has done.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ball tells Henry that they have been feeding their souls. How does Henry reply?

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

3. What does Henry discover as he is busily pointing out different species of grass?

4. How does Ellen find Transcendentalism?

5. What does Henry offer to Waldo and Lydian?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Sam brings him breakfast, and tells him that the telegraph line to Texas has been finished. What does the finished telegraph line to Texas mean?

3. What does Henry think of retirement?

4. How does Act II open?

5. What does Henry learn about his obsession with Waldo?

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

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

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

9. Where does Lydian send Edward and Henry?

10. What does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

(see the answer keys)

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