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 Bailey he drinks?

2. What does Ball threaten to do to Henry?

3. For what does Henry invite Ellen?

4. John's cheering of Henry leads to what inspiration?

5. Why is Henry seized with a new feeling of love for Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henry think of retirement?

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

3. Describe Henry's negotiations for his pay for working for Waldo.

4. What roles do the play's characters assume in Henry's dream?

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

6. What happens after Henry gives Waldo the advice to speak out against the war?

7. What is the lighting like at the beginning of the first scene?

8. Waldo marvels at Henry, and expresses his own admiration for Henry's beliefs. He refers to Henry as a "walking ethic," living proof of Transcendentalism. Why does he feel this way about Henry?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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