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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the Plymouth Colony governor who wasn't fed by the king of the tribe he visited?
(a) Carruthers.
(b) Thompson.
(c) Winslow.
(d) Atkinson.

2. Which building is NOT listed by Thoreau as a vital building in the village?
(a) Bar-room.
(b) School.
(c) Post Office.
(d) Grocery.

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

4. "I am convinced, that if all men were to live as simply as I then did, ... would be unknown."
(a) Thieving and robbery.
(b) Crime and lawlessness.
(c) Hunger and want.
(d) War and conflict.

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

6. Thoreau states his residence at Walden was more favorable to thought and serious reading than what institution?
(a) A think tank.
(b) A university.
(c) A seminary.
(d) A library.

7. Which book are most men satisfied by reading or having read to them?
(a) Shakespeare's Sonnets.
(b) Virgil's Aeneid.
(c) The Farmer's Almanac.
(d) The Bible.

8. According to legend, after whom was Walden Pond named?
(a) A town official.
(b) An old Indian woman.
(c) A hunter.
(d) The original owner of the property.

9. What does Thoreau uncover as he hoes the bean-field?
(a) Tree stumps.
(b) The remains of animals.
(c) Native artifacts.
(d) Buried treasure.

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

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

12. "As long as possible live free and..."
(a) Unattached.
(b) Uncommitted.
(c) Unconcerned.
(d) Unhindered.

13. How long does Thoreau live at Walden Pond?
(a) One year.
(b) Three years and six months.
(c) Six months.
(d) Two years and two months.

14. Thoreau speaks of visitors from what charitable institution?
(a) The Salvation Army.
(b) The hospital.
(c) The almshouse.
(d) The church.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Thoreau hear in the evening?

2. "The mass of men lead lives of quiet..."

3. How does Thoreau often find his way home in the dark?

4. What bird does Thoreau contemplate keeping merely for his music?

5. What writer does the French Canadian Woodsman love?

(see the answer keys)

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