Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Waldo tell Lydian will be interesting?
2. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?
3. Why is Deacon Ball, the Chair of the Concord School Committee, shocked at what Henry has been discussing with his class?
4. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?
5. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the set for this play?
2. What does Henry say about humanity's effect on the environment?
3. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?
4. Why does Henry try to conform to Deacon Ball's expectations? Is he able to conform?
5. Translate Henry's poem/prayer for Bailey. "Blessed Are the Young, for they do not read the President's speeches. Blessed Are They who never read a newspaper, for they shall see Nature and, through her, God. Blessed is Bailey, for he's a good fellow and deserves better treatment than you've been giving him even though he is a man of letters."
6. What is the cause of John's death? How does Henry react to this tragic event?
7. How does the act close?
8. Why does Henry encourage Williams to go to Canada? What happens to Williams?
9. What inspires Henry at the end of the play?
10. What is the story Henry tells about the character Williams?
The war in Vietnam was fought in large part by young black men who were unable to buy their way out of or otherwise evade the draft. These black soldiers were, in essence, enslaved by the army to fight, and while many white draftees were able to escape from military service.
Part 1) How do the playwrights, whether intentionally or unintentionally, parallel this knowledge in the play?
Part 2) Compare the Vietnam War to the wars mentioned in the play.
Part 3) How might Henry have reacted to this knowledge about the Vietnam War? Why?
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?
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?
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