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. Who will be Henry's protege?

2. Henry replies that he likes the way the alphabet sounds and feels when read backwards. Why does he think that things should be mixed up?

3. What occupation does Sam mark?

4. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?

5. Henry and his mother keep talking, and she tells him she does not know who he is. How does he reply?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Henry feel about this decision?

3. What discussion do John and Henry have regarding Ellen's interest in both brothers?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What inspires Henry at the end of the play?

8. What happens after Henry gives Waldo the advice to speak out against the war?

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

10. How does Henry know what work needs to be done for Waldo and Lydian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A significant event in Act II prompts Henry to reconsider his theory that one man can make a difference.

Part 1) What event is this?

Part 2) What advice does he give that, surprisingly, is very realistic and sensible?

Part 3) This event also shows Henry that change cannot be effected from within the system. How does it show this?

Essay Topic 2

In Act Two, the exchange between Henry and Lydian early in the chapter shows that in his efforts to be like Waldo, Henry has started to assume some of the threads of Waldo's life.

Part 1) How has Waldo begun to assume threads of Waldo's life?

Part 2) How does this affect Edward and Lydian?

Part 3) What does Lydian suggest to Henry to try to encourage him away from trying to take over Waldo's life?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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