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. Why does Thoreau reject the suggestion of owning a visitor's book?

2. Which animal is one of "Nature's Watchmen"?

3. "The true husbandman will cease from..."

4. According to legend, after whom was Walden Pond named?

5. How much does Thoreau spend on supplies for his bean-field?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Thoreau mean when he says "The whole body is one sense"?

3. Does Thoreau believe this is a practical way that everyone can live?

4. What effect did Thoreau's isolation have on his social life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about an aspect of Global Warming. How is it caused? What are the potential consequences? What can be done to change this process?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining the impact Walden had on one of the following: Literature, art, psychology and philosophy.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay for or against vegetarianism. What are the impacts of your personal eating habits on your body, the environment, and the economy?

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