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 Waldo respond when Ball asks him about listening to another clergyman?

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

3. What does Henry tell Bailey he drinks?

4. Why do the townsfolk look strangely at Henry?

5. For what does Henry invite Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Henry feel about this decision?

5. Describe the scene when Sam Staples tells him he must pay his property taxes?

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

7. Why will Ellen not marry John?

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

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

10. What does Edward tell his mother when he and Henry return? What is his reasoning for this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most important elements of Henry's character is his irreverent sense of humor.

Part 1) Give an example from the play showing his sense of humor.

Part 2) How does Henry use his sense of humor to reveal his beliefs?

Part 3) As the first act progresses, Henry's use of humor becomes less about wit and more about bitter social or political commentary. Give an example from the play to support this statement.

Essay Topic 2

In Act Two, the exchange between Henry and Lydian early in the chapter shows that in his efforts to be like Waldo, Henry has started to assume some of the threads of Waldo's life.

Part 1) How has Waldo begun to assume threads of Waldo's life?

Part 2) How does this affect Edward and Lydian?

Part 3) What does Lydian suggest to Henry to try to encourage him away from trying to take over Waldo's life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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