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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. In what town is the play set?

2. What is Henry's advice when Bailey says he cannot swim?

3. To what does John attribute Henry's nonconformity?

4. Why do the townsfolk look strangely at Henry?

5. What does Ellen wish about Henry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why will Ellen not marry John?

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

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

5. What does Henry think of Ralph Waldo Emerson?

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

7. What might be the reason for Lydian's suggestion that Henry should leave while Waldo is away in England?

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

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 encourage Williams to go to Canada? What happens to Williams?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act II, Lee and Lawrence further develop the idea of what war Henry is fighting against.

Part 1) What war is he initially fighting?

Part 2) What war is added? How is this war foreshadowed in Act I?

Part 3) What is the connection between the two wars?

Essay Topic 2

The war in Vietnam was fought in large part by young black men who were unable to buy their way out of or otherwise evade the draft. These black soldiers were, in essence, enslaved by the army to fight, and while many white draftees were able to escape from military service.

Part 1) How do the playwrights, whether intentionally or unintentionally, parallel this knowledge in the play?

Part 2) Compare the Vietnam War to the wars mentioned in the play.

Part 3) How might Henry have reacted to this knowledge about the Vietnam War? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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