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 was it rumored that Col. Quoil had been a soldier?

2. What does Thoreau have difficulty finding in the winter?

3. What does Thoreau compare to pearls and crystals?

4. What animal does Thoreau hear hunting with men?

5. What does one hunter use as a musical instrument?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Thoreau admire the 'wild men' who go ice-fishing on Walden Pond?

2. Who was Brister Freeman?

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

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

5. How does Thoreau say Walden Pond got its revenge on the men who were harvesting the ice?

6. Who is the poet with whom Thoreau has a conversation at the beginning of the chapter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing the benefits/drawbacks of the Industrial Revolution. Be sure to address:

1 - Key inventions that allowed society to progress.

2 - Some of the issues and drawbacks of the revolution.

3 - What the world would be like if the Industrial Revolution had never occurred.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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