The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Waldo tell Lydian will be interesting?

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

3. Why is Deacon Ball, the Chair of the Concord School Committee, shocked at what Henry has been discussing with his class?

4. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?

5. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"

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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Intellectualism and freedom are brought together when Waldo and Henry finally clash.

Part 1) How do they clash?

Part 2) What does this do to their friendship?

Part 3) What does this teach Henry about unrealistic expectations?

Essay Topic 2

The war in Vietnam was fought in large part by young black men who were unable to buy their way out of or otherwise evade the draft. These black soldiers were, in essence, enslaved by the army to fight, and while many white draftees were able to escape from military service.

Part 1) How do the playwrights, whether intentionally or unintentionally, parallel this knowledge in the play?

Part 2) Compare the Vietnam War to the wars mentioned in the play.

Part 3) How might Henry have reacted to this knowledge about the Vietnam War? Why?

Essay Topic 3

We learn that Henry's opinion about speaking out against injustice has evolved

Part 1) How does he originally feel about speaking out?

Part 2) How does his opinion change?

Part 3) Why does it change?

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