Walden Test | Final 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. Where have loons been caught with fishing hooks, eighty feet below the water's surface?

2. What creatures do Thoreau find battling in the wood-pile?

3. What feeling does spring create in men?

4. What kind of bird does Thoreau watch for hours in the fall?

5. On what day in 1852 was Walden first completely open?

Short Essay Questions

1. What game does Thoreau play with the loon?

2. Why does Thoreau describe wood as a precious commodity?

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

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

5. What did Thoreau use as an excuse to carry a gun?

6. How does Thoreau describe his encounters with cats in the forest?

7. What are the two paths that Thoreau finds himself drawn to?

8. What does Thoreau say we should practice moderation in?

9. What does Thoreau compare the spring melt with?

10. Why does Thoreau 'visit' particular trees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining the pros and cons of living an isolated life. In what situations is it considered beneficial to be solitary, such as during meditation? In what situations is being isolated considered a punishment, such as during solitary confinement? Why does solitude have such different effects in certain situations?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing the process of food production. Where does our food come from? How does it get from the farm to the table? How much of our diet is grown locally and how much is grown internationally? How can our food production system be improved?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing the history of Concord. Be sure to address:

1 - When the town was founded

2 - Key figures in the development of the town and surrounding area.

3 - Significant events that shaped and impacted the community.

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