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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what purpose does Thoreau believe most men have learned to read?
(a) Pleasure.
(b) Convenience.
(c) Education.
(d) Vanity.

2. Who does Thoreau help toward the north star?
(a) A runaway slave.
(b) A woodsman.
(c) A farmer.
(d) A railroad employee.

3. How much does Thoreau spend on supplies for his bean-field?
(a) $14.72.
(b) $35.21.
(c) $21.76
(d) $17.24.

4. Where does Thoreau believe intellectual societies are confined?
(a) Paris and Oxford.
(b) Literary circles.
(c) Europe.
(d) New York.

5. What is the length of Thoreau's bean rows added together?
(a) Two miles.
(b) 800 yards.
(c) Five miles.
(d) Seven miles.

6. What does Thoreau hear from town in his bean-field on gala days?
(a) The train whistle.
(b) Church bells.
(c) A brass band.
(d) Military gunfire.

7. What animal's sound ushers in the night?
(a) The whip-poor-will's cry.
(b) The bullfrog's trump.
(c) The hawk's scream.
(d) The coyote's yelp.

8. What attracted Thoreau to the farm?
(a) Its remoteness.
(b) The landscape.
(c) The house.
(d) Its crop production.

9. What was Thoreau doing in the village when he was arrested?
(a) Selling beans.
(b) Picking up a shoe from the cobbler's.
(c) Having a drink at the bar-room.
(d) Buying a newspaper.

10. What does Thoreau state men have lost when planting crops?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Money.
(c) Reverence.
(d) Awareness.

11. "I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of..."
(a) The devil.
(b) The dark.
(c) Witches.
(d) Their imaginations.

12. "In dealing with truth we are..."
(a) Noble.
(b) Hesitant.
(c) Fearful.
(d) Immortal.

13. "The adventurous student will always study..."
(a) History.
(b) Latin.
(c) Theology.
(d) Classics.

14. How far was Thoreau's house from Concord?
(a) 5 miles.
(b) 1 1/2 miles.
(c) 2 1/2 miles.
(d) 3 miles.

15. Who carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions?
(a) Magellan.
(b) Alexander.
(c) Edmund Hillary.
(d) Captain James Cook.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Thoreau see in the clear water of the pond one November day?

2. What plant grows at the edge of the path near the end of May?

3. Why is Thoreau put in jail?

4. What does Thoreau usually do after hoeing?

5. When Thoreau began living in the woods, his "house was not finished, but was merely a defense against the..."

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