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

2. Who are the only people married in John and Henry's family?

3. What do both Henry and Waldo do simultaneously?

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

5. What does Henry tell Bailey he drinks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Henry think of retirement?

3. What is the discussion between Henry and Bailey, regarding time?

4. Why will Ellen not marry John?

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

6. Why does Henry react violently when Williams tells him what he wants to be called? Why might Williams want to be called this?

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

8. What is Waldo's reaction to Henry's arrest?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Henry makes a significant realization at the end of the play.

Part 1) What is this realization?

Part 2) What decision does it lead him to make?

Part 3) How does he feel about this decision?

Essay Topic 3

The first act of Lawrence and Lees' play develops the characters and themes that made it one of the most controversial and successful plays of the late-1960s.

Part 1) Who is the protagonist? How does he or she change throughout this play?

Part 2) What are two of the themes in this play?

Part 3) Describe the importance of these two themes and how they relate to the characters in this play.

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