The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a child what does Henry find berry picking better than?

2. When does all action on stage stop?

3. What does Henry recognizes about his devotion to Waldo?

4. When is there sexual tension between Lydian and Henry?

5. What does Waldo assert about the "majority rules" form of government?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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