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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. "Objects of charity are not..."
(a) Guests.
(b) Invited.
(c) Welcome.
(d) Desirable.

2. What does Thoreau like to have between himself and a conversation partner?
(a) The pond.
(b) A bottle of wine.
(c) A Table.
(d) A space of at least 2 feet.

3. How close is Thoreau's nearest neighbor?
(a) Two miles.
(b) Three miles.
(c) Half a mile.
(d) One mile.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Walden Pond between his childhood and the time he moved there?

2. Which building is NOT listed by Thoreau as a vital building in the village?

3. What are the necessities of life?

4. Who is never alone?

5. Thoreau feels it isn't important to provide this for his visitors.

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestions does Thoreau make to improve the state of culture in Concord?

2. How does Thoreau know that visitors have dropped by while he is gone?

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

4. What story does Thoreau tell to illustrate his point?

5. How does Thoreau compare men to the stars and planets?

6. What is Thoreau's theory about entertaining visitors?

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

8. How does Thoreau describe the development of his relationship with the forest and Walden Pond?

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

10. What does Thoreau think is a 'surprising and memorable experience,' and why?

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