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. To what howling animal does Thoreau compare the loon?

2. In a battle recorded by Olus Magnus, what do the victorious ants do?

3. "If you would be chaste, you must be..."

4. Where have loons been caught with fishing hooks, eighty feet below the water's surface?

5. What kind of tree is two feet in diameter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Thoreau feel after he witnesses the ants battling?

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

4. Why does Thoreau throw sweet corn on the snow by his door?

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

6. Why does Thoreau leave Walden Pond?

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

8. Why does Thoreau's self-respect fall when he goes fishing?

9. What did the old man see when he was hunting ducks?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay recounting the history of your area. When was your town/city founded? Who were the people instrumental in shaping the development of the area? What were the significant events that affected your town/city?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about an animal of your choice. Explain its habitat, diet and physical characteristics. How does it interact with other animals? What impact does it have on human life?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay explaining the individual's responsibility for philanthropy and charity. Be sure to address the following:

1 - Is humankind basically selfish or altruistic?

2 - What responsibilities are required of charitable organizations?

3 - Any charitable causes about which you feel strongly.

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