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. What should we come home with after adventures?

2. What happened to Breed's hut?

3. What word doesn't Thoreau use to describe John Field?

4. What color is the ice from Walden Pond?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Thoreau learn from his experiment?

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

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

4. What does Thoreau think John Field's future holds?

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

6. What do the hunters say is the downfall of the fox in the foxhunt?

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

8. Who was Brister Freeman?

9. What game does Thoreau play with the loon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose any poem written about springtime. Write an essay about that poem, explaining the imagery and the author's point of view.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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