Walden Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Thoreau wage a war with in his bean-field?

2. How often does Thoreau go to the village?

3. In total, how much does it cost for Thoreau to build his house?

4. What birds does Thoreau hear regularly during the summer at 7:30pm?

5. How many chairs does Thoreau have in his house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Thoreau think that there would be no stealing if everyone lived the same way he did?

3. Why does Thoreau love owls?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Thoreau clean his house?

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

10. How does Thoreau feel about taking life lessons from books?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining the societal benefits of education. Are highly educated people made noble by their knowledge? How is the world improved when general education requirements are created by the government?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing and comparing the practices of etiquette for visiting friends in America and abroad.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about a person of historical significance and compare their philosophies and ideals to that of Thoreau. Be sure to address:

1 - Views on materialism and lifestyle.

2 - Whether or not this person "lived" their own philosophy.

3 - The importance of this person in history and impact upon cultures.

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