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Walden

Henry David Thoreau

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1. What, in the chapter “Sounds,” does Thoreau describe as having the roar of a fierce beast?

2. In what town did Thoreau spend most of his life?

3. What college did Thoreau attend?

4. In what season does Thoreau conclude his stay at Walden Pond?

5. When did Thoreau move in to his house at Walden Pond?

6. What, according to Thoreau, do the mass of men lead?

7. Which of the following was closest to Thoreau’s house at Walden Pond?

8. What was the approximate maximum number of visitors that Thoreau received in his house at a single time?

9. Which crop did Thoreau raise in the greatest quantity?

10. What war was the United States involved in during Thoreau’s stay at Walden Pond?

11. For what was Thoreau put into jail by the town constable?

12. Which of the following is not the name of a pond Thoreau describes?

13. When Thoreau encounters a woodchuck in the woods, how does he react?

14. Which poet made frequent visits to Thoreau’s cabin at Walden?

15. Between what creatures does Thoreau witness a battle?

16. Which philosopher pays a lengthy visit to Thoreau’s cabin at Walden?

17. To what does Thoreau partly attribute John Field’s poverty?

18. Approximately how deep is Walden Pond at its deepest point?

19. Why do a large group of men arrive at Walden Pond in the winter of 18461847?

20. Which of the following does Thoreau value most highly?

21. What, as Thoreau describes it at the end of the work, is the sun?

22. What was the title of Thoreau’s first published book?

23. What cause did Thoreau take up most earnestly in the 1850s?

24. What is Thoreau’s interaction with the loon mentioned at the end of “Brute Neighbors”?

25. What color is the ice of Walden Pond?

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Thoreau & Socialism

by CiceroBrian, February 11, 2014

The answer to question 2 accurately notes that "Thoreau is no true socialist," but fails to flesh out the primary foundation to support the statement. Socialism is a political force that is firmly rooted in collectivism where the mob (i.e. "society") uses the force of gov't to impose its will on the individuals in the minority. Thoreau clearly abhorred such vile abuse of power. He was a staunch individualist whose actions and writings were universally and diametrically opposed to use of force by the state to impose on people he understood we... Read more

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