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. Why is Henry seized with a new feeling of love for Ellen?

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

4. What occupation does Sam mark?

5. To what does Henry compare Waldo lecturing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henry tell Bailey about his home?

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

3. How does Henry attempt to stay in jail?

4. What is the set for this play?

5. Sam brings him breakfast, and tells him that the telegraph line to Texas has been finished. What does the finished telegraph line to Texas mean?

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

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

8. What does Henry say to Ellen, showing the audience that he likes her?

9. Waldo asks how he should rebel. What is Henry's response? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Another important idea is Henry's disillusionment with intellectualism.

Part 1) What is intellectualism?

Part 2) Why might Henry have been initially drawn to intellectualism?

Part 3) Why does Henry become disillusioned with intellectualism?

Essay Topic 3

Henry is not afraid to stand up to authority.

Part 1) Use the play to support this statement.

Part 2) How are those around him affected by this attitude?

Part 3) How is authority affected by Henry's choices?

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