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. When Waldo offers money, how does Henry respond?

2. Why is Bailey in jail?

3. Why is Henry visibly frustrated with himself?

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

5. Upon what does Henry lament, regarding the environment?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry become Edward's tutor?

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

3. 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."

4. How is Ellen supportive of Henry at his brother's funeral?

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

6. How does Henry react to how Bailey handles his time in jail?

7. How are Henry's Sunday rituals very different from many in town?

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

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

10. What might the flute melody represent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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