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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. "The village appeared to me a great..."
(a) Anthill.
(b) Beehive.
(c) News room.
(d) Family.

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

3. What fruit never reaches Boston?
(a) Huckleberries.
(b) Raspberries.
(c) Mangoes.
(d) Strawberries.

4. What does Thoreau see in the clear water of the pond one November day?
(a) A heron.
(b) A large turtle.
(c) A muskrat family.
(d) A school of perch.

5. What does Thoreau think Concord should become?
(a) A major railway stop.
(b) A patron of the fine arts.
(c) A town of historical significance.
(d) A tourist town.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What plant grows at the edge of the path near the end of May?

3. In what does Thoreau claim to have indulged very little?

4. For what do Thoreau's visitors often ask him?

5. On what pond does Thoreau live on the shore?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Thoreau decide to live such an isolated life at Walden Pond?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Thoreau believe that Huckleberries lose their flavor before they go to market?

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

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

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

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

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