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. Waldo, who is clearly quite old, is losing his senses, mistakes what for a person?

2. Why does Henry urge Bailey to remain uneducated?

3. To what does John attribute Henry's nonconformity?

4. What do Henry and Bailey see outside the window of the cell?

5. Who will be Henry's protege?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How does the act close?

6. What is the set for this play?

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

8. What is the discussion between Henry and Bailey, regarding time?

9. How does Henry feel about this decision?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of isolation is absolutely essential.

Part 1) When do we first see Henry as an isolationist?

Part 2) What does this isolation do to Henry's abilities to fight injustice?

Part 3) What change does he make to better fight injustice?

Essay Topic 3

Williams greatly admires Henry.

Part 1) What does he want to do, because he so admires Henry?

Part 2) How does Henry react to this?

Part 3) Why might be the reason for why Williams wanted to honor Henry in this way?

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