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 does Waldo say "were trying to buy popularity?"

2. In another area of the stage, Henry's mother is visibly upset. What does she ask Henry?

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

4. How does Bailey respond when Henry asks him about marriage?

5. How do John and Henry get on the topic of polygamy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice of his own does Henry take?

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

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

4. Why will Ellen not marry John?

5. What is evidence that Henry's thoughts might seem backwards?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

We learn that Henry's opinion about speaking out against injustice has evolved Part 1) How does he originally feel about speaking out? Part 2) How does his opinion change? Part 3) Why does it change?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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