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 Waldo tell Lydian will be interesting?

2. How does Waldo find out about Henry's arrest?

3. Why is Deacon Ball, the Chair of the Concord School Committee, shocked at what Henry has been discussing with his class?

4. Mother again laments Henry's strangeness, and what does she hope?

5. Henry notes that older people like her father are "polluted" by advice. How does he strongly urge Ellen to maintain her "innocence?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the set for this play?

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

3. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?

4. Why does Henry try to conform to Deacon Ball's expectations? Is he able to conform?

5. 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."

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

7. How does the act close?

8. Why does Henry encourage Williams to go to Canada? What happens to Williams?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Henry opens Act II by talking about freedom.

Part 1) What is a soliloquy?

Part 2) What examples does he give showing the freedom he has utilized?

Part 3) Why might society fear freedom?

Essay Topic 2

Despite his belief in freedom, however, Henry shows himself to be enslaved to Waldo's thoughts and ideas.

Part 1) Who is Waldo?

Part 2) Why does Henry want to be like Waldo?

Part 3) Give an example of Henry reflecting Waldo's views.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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