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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What American institution does Thoreau state he could do without?
(a) The Church.
(b) The Railway.
(c) The Post Office.
(d) The Government.

4. Where is Walden Pond located?
(a) Concord, Massachusetts.
(b) Portland, Oregon.
(c) Keswick, England.
(d) Albany, New York.

5. What is Thoreau's shelter at Walden Pond?
(a) A tent.
(b) A small house.
(c) A cave.
(d) An abandoned shanty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What item does Thoreau discover missing?

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. What does Thoreau think Concord should become?

5. For what purpose does Thoreau believe most men have learned to read?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Thoreau state that his midnight fishing excursions were memorable and valuable?

2. How does Thoreau feel about walking home from town late at night in the dark?

3. How does Thoreau explain his relationship with his beans?

4. How does Thoreau describe the piece of land he lives on?

5. How does Thoreau say he became more intimate with his beans?

6. How does Thoreau clean his house?

7. What does Thoreau believe will happen if general American society begins supporting education?

8. How does Thoreau compare the people in the village to muskrats?

9. Why is Thoreau so unhappy with the state of culture in Concord?

10. What reaction do the people of Concord have to Thoreau's lifestyle?

(see the answer keys)

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