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 will Henry not give money to the government?

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

3. What does Henry point out to Bailey about doing what is expected of you?

4. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?

5. Henry agrees to take her to shore if she will do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry show that he cares about his brother and his brother's feelings?

2. How is Ellen supportive of Henry at his brother's funeral?

3. What is the lighting like at the beginning of the first scene?

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

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 does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

7. 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?

8. Waldo asks how he should rebel. What is Henry's response? Why?

9. How does Henry feel about this decision?

10. Why does Henry try to conform to Deacon Ball's expectations? Is he able to conform?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The events of the first act develop Henry as an individualist who believes deeply in personal freedom.

Part 1) How is Henry an individualist?

Part 2) What is Transcendentalism?

Part 3) How does Transcendentalism influence Henry's belief in personal freedom?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Another important idea is Henry's disillusionment with intellectualism.

Part 1) What is intellectualism?

Part 2) Why might Henry have been initially drawn to intellectualism?

Part 3) Why does Henry become disillusioned with intellectualism?

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