Glossary of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
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- Who is Lydia in relation to Waldo?
- Lydia is his wife.
- What town is Thoreau being held in?
- Concord, MA
- What disease kills John?
- Who is taught to spell their name by Thoreau?
- What is Bailey's crime?
- He burned down a barn.
- What does "huckleberrying" mean?
- Hunting around for information on one's own instead of learning from textbooks.
- Thoreau married Ellen.
True or False?
- How did John contract his disease?
a) He fell into a pond in the winter.
b) Food poisoning.
c)He cut himself on a rusty razor.
- C) He cut himself on a rusty razor.
- Who wished Henry to be their father?
- What did Henry say we were all interconnected to?
- A Universal Mind.
- Fill in the blank.
"If the law is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say,______________."
- Break the law.
- Why was Thoreau incarcerated?
- He refused to pay taxes.
- Why did Thoreau refuse to pay histaxes.
- He believed that The United States government's involvement in the Mexican War was unjust and refused to support it with his tax dollars.
- What phrase did Waldo say at the end of an address to indicate his opposition to conformity?
- Cast Conformity Behind you.
- Who is the general in Thoreau's dream?
- How does John die in Henry's dream?
- He is hit by a bullet.
- What does Williams call Canada?
- What is a "work-slave"?
- A work slave is a person in the North who is a slave to work because of the 10 hour work day.
- What is a "money-slave"?
- A money slave is a person in the North who is slave to money because he/she are constantly worried about how he/she will pay next month's rent.
- What did Williams decide his free man's name would be?
- Henry Williams.
- What was Thorea's message when discussing the loon and the respect in calling someone a "loony"?
- His message was that animals are a great deal more civilized than humans and that humans should have more respect for animals because of that.
- Why does Thoreau think people go where they are supposed to be?
- He thinks that people go where they are supposed to be so that they will be liked.
- The Deacon told Henry that he and his parishioners had been "feeding their souls" and Henry responds with, "How selfish." What did he mean by this?
- Henry meant that they should be out giving to others rather than sitting in a building and helping only themselves.
- Why was Henry angry with God?
- He thought John's death was unjust and wondered why God hadn't seen the "godliness" in John. He thought God had stopped listening.
- What does Ellen say to Henry in order to sooth his grief at John's death?
- She tells him that God lets people be hurt so that they can transcend the pain and that, though Jon isn't living, he still continues to be.
- Why does Thoreau ask Waldo for a piece of land in his woods?
- Thoreau wants to conduct an experiment by living away from society.
- How does Henry soothe Edward when he spills his basket of berries?
- Henry tell Edward tht he has just helped to plant generations of huckleberries and that that is the way nature intended it to be.
- Why is Lydian worried about Henry staying with her while Waldo is away?
- Lydian is worried that "accidental love" will form.
- Why does Henry shout at Williams when he asks "Could I call myself 'Mr. Henry's Williams'?"?
- In saying "Mr. Henry's Williams", Williams is suggesting that he is the property of a person and Henry wants him to understand that he belongs to no one.
- What is the slavery in the North that Henry speaks of?
- Henry says that people in the North are slaves too because they work 10 hour days and worry about how to pay next months rent. They become work- and money-slaves.
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