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 then urge all his students not to do but to savor their sensations of the world?

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

3. What similarity between Henry and Waldo do John and Mother note?

4. Why is Bailey in jail?

5. How does Waldo respond when Ball asks him about listening to another clergyman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Henry and Bailey see out the cell window?

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

3. What does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

4. 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."

5. How do Henry's mother and brother say about him?

6. How does Henry attempt to stay in jail?

7. How does Henry become Edward's tutor?

8. What is evidence that Henry's thoughts might seem backwards?

9. How do Waldo and Henry treat one another, as opposed to how they feel about one another?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Intellectualism and freedom are brought together when Waldo and Henry finally clash.

Part 1) How do they clash?

Part 2) What does this do to their friendship?

Part 3) What does this teach Henry about unrealistic expectations?

Essay Topic 2

The events of the first act develop Henry as an individualist who believes deeply in personal freedom.

Part 1) How is Henry an individualist?

Part 2) What is Transcendentalism?

Part 3) How does Transcendentalism influence Henry's belief in personal freedom?

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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