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. How does Bailey feel about being in jail with Henry?

2. What does Henry discover as he is busily pointing out different species of grass?

3. Henry notes that he can feel the sound waves from the clock tower. Who does he say he is freer in jail than?

4. Henry returns to his jail cell. What is Bailey happily doing?

5. Why does Henry object to the whole notion of retirement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What argument takes place between Lydian and Henry, regarding his behavior?

5. How does Henry get out of jail?

6. In the play it is not know whether or not Henry stays in jail until the end of Bailey's trial. What do you believe takes place?

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

8. What does Henry say about humanity's effect on the environment?

9. What is the cause of John's death? How does Henry react to this tragic event?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Henry is depicted in the play as a solitary revolutionary, who uses techniques of passive resistance to protest against injustice.

Part 1) How is he a revolutionary?

Part 2) What techniques of passive resistance does he use?

Part 3) How do Henry's thoughts and actions reflects those of the tumultuous 1960s?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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