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. What has Henry's Aunt Louisa done?

2. About what is Henry's soliloquy?

3. When does Henry comfort Edward with the knowledge that he has now planted new Huckleberry plants?

4. What does Lydian suggest that Henry do while Waldo is away in England?

5. When Henry refuses to assault the enemy, how does his mother respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of isolation is absolutely essential.

Part 1) When do we first see Henry as an isolationist?

Part 2) What does this isolation do to Henry's abilities to fight injustice?

Part 3) What change does he make to better fight injustice?

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