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 do John and Henry get on the topic of polygamy?

2. What is Henry's advice when Bailey says he cannot swim?

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

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

5. What has Ellen's father done, regarding her little brother, Edmund?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Henry in jail?

2. How are Henry's Sunday rituals very different from many in town?

3. How do Henry's mother and brother say about him?

4. How does Sam show that he is acting against his wishes when serving Henry with his tax bill?

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

6. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?

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

8. How is Waldo's dream created on the stage?

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

10. What stops the war action on stage for a moment?

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

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?

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