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 Ellen find Transcendentalism?

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

3. Why does Ellen not marry John?

4. What does Henry attempt to explain to Ellen?

5. Henry tells Sam he will not pay for the war in Mexico. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What discussion do John and Henry have regarding Ellen's interest in both brothers?

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

5. What does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

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

7. How does Henry react to how Bailey handles his time in jail?

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

9. How does Henry attempt to stay in jail?

10. 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."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The events of the first act develop Henry as an individualist who believes deeply in personal freedom.

Part 1) How is Henry an individualist?

Part 2) What is Transcendentalism?

Part 3) How does Transcendentalism influence Henry's belief in personal freedom?

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