Pop Quiz—Thoreau Life Without Principle

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American Literature 245 Name: ____________________

Pop Quiz—Thoreau-- Life Without Principle

Directions: Please fill the blank with the letter of the best answer.

_____1. In his essay, Thoreau complains that he can hardly buy a blank book to write his thoughts in because the notebooks most stores sell are
A. ruled for dollars and cents

B. made of poor quality, imported paper.

C. too small to be of much use to a writer
_____2. According to Thoreau’s essay, “If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer, but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is . . .”
A. seeking wealth through industry

B. working for a prosperous toothpick company

C. esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen
_____3. According to Thoreau’s essay, ‘the ways by which a person gets money almost without exception lead . . .’
A. to improved relationships

B. downward

C. to pride in oneself
_____4. In his essay, Thoreau mentions both the California Gold Rush and a similar gold rush in
A. New Jersey

B. Southeast Asia

C. Australia
_____5. According to Thoreau, where is REAL gold to be found?
A. in relationships with others

B. within oneself

C. through prayer and public service
_____6. According to Thoreau, when does conversation with others become “mere gossip”?
A. when our lives cease to be inward and private

B. when we talk only with members of our own social clique

C. when we knowingly lie to impress others
_____7. Thoreau writes that ‘we should treat our minds as innocent children whose guardians we are.’ Another way of saying this is . . .
A. “the early bird gets the worm”

B. “beware--garbage in, garbage out”

C. “the only things you cannot escape are death and taxes”

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