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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Thoreau frequently do on warm evenings?
(a) Plays the flute in his boat.
(b) Fishes on the pond.
(c) Star gazes.
(d) Goes for a walk.

2. What bird does Thoreau contemplate keeping merely for his music?
(a) A screech owl.
(b) A canary.
(c) A crow.
(d) A rooster.

3. What are the necessities of life?
(a) Food, shelter, clothing, and fuel.
(b) Love, happiness, family, and religion.
(c) Food, shelter, clothing, and sunlight.
(d) Food, shelter, land, and freedom.

4. What is Thoreau's net income from his farm?
(a) $8.71.
(b) $5.93.
(c) $21.34.
(d) $12.46.

5. What vegetable does Thoreau plant on most of his 2 1/2 acres?
(a) Beans.
(b) Corn.
(c) Potatoes.
(d) Turnips.

6. What does Thoreau follow all the way into town?
(a) The railroad.
(b) A river.
(c) Road signs.
(d) A wooded path.

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

8. What does Thoreau hope to avoid by harvesting early?
(a) Rot.
(b) Loss to animals.
(c) Frost.
(d) Rain.

9. How many chairs does Thoreau have in his house?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) None.

10. "I wanted to live deeply and..."
(a) Experience everything the world offered.
(b) Like each day was my last.
(c) To the fullest.
(d) Suck out all the marrow if life.

11. What plant grows at the edge of the path near the end of May?
(a) Sumach.
(b) Johnswort.
(c) The sand cherry.
(d) Goldenrod.

12. When Thoreau began living in the woods, his "house was not finished, but was merely a defense against the..."
(a) Wind.
(b) Rain.
(c) Sun.
(d) Animals.

13. What gets struck by lighting during a heavy thunder-shower?
(a) The bean field.
(b) A pine tree.
(c) Thoreau's shelter.
(d) Walden Pond.

14. What frequently notifies Thoreau of a passing traveler along the highway?
(a) The sound of laughter.
(b) The smell of a pipe.
(c) Footprints and broken tree branches.
(d) Flashing lights.

15. In terms of the bean-field, what was Thoreau's greatest enemy?
(a) Birds.
(b) Rabbits.
(c) Woodchucks.
(d) Deer.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Be it life or death, we crave only..."

2. What does Thoreau usually carry back to Walden Pond from the village?

3. What animal does Thoreau kill and eat after it ravages his bean-field?

4. Who exerted an influence on mankind more than kings and emperors?

5. What does Thoreau think Concord should become?

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