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. What happens to the man, in Waldo's story, who goes to India to earn a fortune, so he can retire a poet?

2. What similarity between Henry and Waldo do John and Mother note?

3. Ball notes that it is a sin to work on Sundays, and what does John note about Henry?

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

5. What does Henry notice about Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Edward tell his mother when he and Henry return? What is his reasoning for this?

2. What is Waldo's reaction to Henry's arrest?

3. 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?

4. What might the flute melody represent?

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

6. What is Deacon Ball's reaction to Henry's class discussion?

7. What advice of his own does Henry take?

8. What does Henry say to Ellen when he sees her taking notes?

9. What do Henry and Bailey see out the cell window?

10. Waldo marvels at Henry, and expresses his own admiration for Henry's beliefs. He refers to Henry as a "walking ethic," living proof of Transcendentalism. Why does he feel this way about Henry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry makes a significant realization at the end of the play.

Part 1) What is this realization?

Part 2) What decision does it lead him to make?

Part 3) How does he feel about this decision?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the most important elements of Henry's character is his irreverent sense of humor.

Part 1) Give an example from the play showing his sense of humor.

Part 2) How does Henry use his sense of humor to reveal his beliefs?

Part 3) As the first act progresses, Henry's use of humor becomes less about wit and more about bitter social or political commentary. Give an example from the play to support this statement.

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