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. What does Henry tell Waldo and Lydian about what must be done?

2. What does Henry do when he catches Ellen writing notes once again?

3. What words of Waldo's does Henry repeat like a mantra?

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

5. Whose nightmare of Henry being arrested has come true?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the play it is not know whether or not Henry stays in jail until the end of Bailey's trial. What do you believe takes place?

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

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

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

5. How does Henry show affection for Lydian? What is her response?

6. How does Henry show that he cares about his brother and his brother's feelings?

7. Why will Ellen not marry John?

8. What does Henry say to Ellen, showing the audience that he likes her?

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

10. What does Henry say about humanity's effect on the environment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Humanity is flawed.

Part 1) What happens that forces Henry to face the fact that Waldo cannot live up to his expectations?

Part 2) What excuse does Lydian give for Waldo?

Part 3) What does Henry do after the event? How does this make him feel?

Essay Topic 2

All of the other characters in the play end up being contrasted with Henry, and each of them fail to measure up in some way.

Part 1) Name two characters that are contrasted with Henry.

Part 2) How do these two characters fail to measure up?

Part 3) Must the characters measure up to Henry, or is it okay for them to have differing beliefs and opinion from Henry?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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