The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Test | 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. Why does Ellen offer to leave?

2. What occupation does Sam mark?

3. Henry tells Sam he will not pay for the war in Mexico. Why?

4. What is the only reason for why Henry leaves his home?

5. After telling Ellen about Transcendentalism, what does he invite her to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Henry's mother and brother say about him?

2. Why does Henry think more people should be willing to go to jail?

3. Why will Ellen not marry John?

4. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?

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

6. How does Henry get out of jail?

7. What is the set for this play?

8. How are Henry's Sunday rituals very different from many in town?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All of the other characters in the play end up being contrasted with Henry, and each of them fail to measure up in some way.

Part 1) Name two characters that are contrasted with Henry.

Part 2) How do these two characters fail to measure up?

Part 3) Must the characters measure up to Henry, or is it okay for them to have differing beliefs and opinion from Henry?

Essay Topic 2

Despite his belief in freedom, however, Henry shows himself to be enslaved to Waldo's thoughts and ideas.

Part 1) Who is Waldo?

Part 2) Why does Henry want to be like Waldo?

Part 3) Give an example of Henry reflecting Waldo's views.

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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