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What does Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden take its name from?
a pond in Concord, MA
Where is Walden Pond?
Concord, Massachusetts
What kind of Confederacy does Thoreau compare life to?
a German Confederacy
Who are the “wild men” that Thoreau refers to in “The Pond in Winter”?
fishermen
“As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of _____ out of _____ and the realization of the _____ Age.”
1. Cosmos
2. Chaos
3. Golden
What is the “window under my feet” that Thoreau mentions in “The Pond in Winter?”
ice
What is an almshouse?
a poorhouse
Whose inner music does Thoreau tell man to listen to?
his/her own
Why does Thoreau admire the poor as mentioned in “Conclusion”?
The poor seem to live the most independent lives.
What is “John or Jonathan” a reference to?
an average citizen
How many years does Walden cover? Why?
Though Thoreau spent 2 years at Walden, he condensed his experiences into 1 seasonal cycle in order to simplify the novel and underscore the cyclical nature of the seasons.
When did Thoreau begin to live near Walden?
July 4, 1845 (Independence Day)
Describe Thoreau’s Walden dwelling.
Thoreau lived in a small, simple wooden hut.
Why did Thoreau go to the woods, and how did he want to live there?
Thoreau states that he went to the woods to live deliberately and to simplify his life.
Thoreau states that he wanted to live deep and suck out all the what of life?
A. fish
B. bones
C. spirit
D. marrow
D. marrow
Thoreau advocates ______, in which one limits his/her affairs to two or three, instead of thousands.
simplicity
What does Thoreau mean by a “Spartan simplicity” of life? Who are the Spartans?
Thoreau means that one should live a uncluttered, deliberately simple life. The Spartans were citizens of an ancient Greek state known for their warlike demeanor and rigorous training regimens.
True/False
Nature neither asks questions of man nor answers any of Man’s questions.
True
Thoreau claims that the fishermen he sees in winter are as wise in nature as the citizen is in the _____.
artificial
Why does Thoreau end “The Pond in Winter” with a description of the food chain, as the fish eat the bait and are in turn eaten by the fisherman?
This description emphasizes the “cycle of life,” as all organisms in this chain are dependant on each other for survival. Such interdependence also supports the Transcendentalist theory of interconnectedness.
What is this onomatopoeia describing? “—olit, olit, olit, — chip, chip, chip, che char — che wiss, wiss wiss.”
a singing bird in springtime
After its winter “death”, Thoreau says that it is as if Walden is _____ at springtime.
reborn
Why does Thoreau leave the woods?
Thoreau felt that he had already made a “beaten path” in the forest, and that he can’t spare any more of his life for Walden. He claims that he must now seek other experiences in life.
Thoreau claims that as a man simplifies his live, the laws of the universe become _____ complex.
A. more
B. less
B. less
The concept of a “different drummer” supports which Transcendentalist idea(s)?
individuality, nonconformity
What does Thoreau say people must do, no matter how poor or “mean” their lives are?
Everyone must accept their lives as they are and try to find contentment.
“Superfluous wealth can buy _____ only.”
superfluities
To what does Thoreau compare the “buried” possibility of something beautiful in life?
Thoreau compares this to a bug’s egg that had been laid in a tree that was then made into in a table. 60 years later, a beautiful bug hatched from the egg, surprising a family that was eating supper.
Thoreau ends “Conclusion” with “The sun is but a _____.”
A. morning star
B. evening star
C. solar eclipse
D. black hole
A. morning star
Name one animal that Thoreau observes while at Walden.
goose, duck, fish, etc.