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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of fish does Thoreau try to catch in the winter?
(a) Trout.
(b) Salmon.
(c) Perch.
(d) Pickerel.

2. What did Thoreau do early in the morning?
(a) Gathered food from his garden.
(b) Read a book.
(c) Bathed in the pond.
(d) Went for a walk.

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

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

5. What man-made device can Thoreau hear from his window?
(a) Streetcar.
(b) Horse-pulled wagon.
(c) Railroad cars.
(d) Lumber mill whistle.

6. What happened to Walden Pond between his childhood and the time he moved there?
(a) The trees on the shores were cut down.
(b) The spring dried up.
(c) The fish were depopulated.
(d) A family of muskrats moved in.

7. What does one Concord Trader use as a sign for his store?
(a) A bear hide.
(b) A Wagon Wheel.
(c) A Wooden plank.
(d) A salt fish.

8. Of what do the smells from the train remind Thoreau?
(a) Big city life.
(b) The destruction of nature.
(c) His childhood.
(d) Other parts of the world.

9. How long does Thoreau stay in jail?
(a) One day.
(b) One week.
(c) A month.
(d) Three weeks.

10. "The mass of men lead lives of quiet..."
(a) Desperation.
(b) Contentment.
(c) Struggle.
(d) Terror.

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

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

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

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

15. For what does Thoreau feel sympathy?
(a) Tree leaves.
(b) Singing birds.
(c) Prowling animals.
(d) Withering flowers.

Short Answer Questions

1. How close is Thoreau's nearest neighbor?

2. Why does the Canadian woodchopper read the French paper?

3. What did Thoreau do during his first summer at Walden Pond?

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

5. Why does Thoreau reject the suggestion of owning a visitor's book?

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