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

2. Why does Thoreau reject the suggestion of owning a visitor's book?
(a) He believes it's an unnecessary luxury.
(b) He doesn't have enough visitors.
(c) He can't afford to buy one.
(d) He has a good memory.

3. What animal's sound ushers in the night?
(a) The hawk's scream.
(b) The whip-poor-will's cry.
(c) The coyote's yelp.
(d) The bullfrog's trump.

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

5. What does Thoreau hear in the evening?
(a) Birds singing.
(b) The wind in the trees.
(c) Cows lowing.
(d) Goats bleating.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Nature has no human inhabitant who..."

2. For what does Thoreau feel sympathy?

3. How often does Thoreau go to the village?

4. How long does Thoreau live at Walden Pond?

5. What was Thoreau doing in the village when he was arrested?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Thoreau say about Zilpha's life?

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

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

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

5. How does Thoreau build a store of food for winter?

6. How does Thoreau bond with the old fisherman?

7. What does it mean to "live deliberately"?

8. What effect does Thoreau claim nature has on man?

9. What does Thoreau think John Field's future holds?

10. What happened to the well on the Field's property?

(see the answer keys)

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