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1. The major theme of “Life without Principle” is A. government. B. freedom. C. economics. D. religion. 2. Thoreau believes that people should work because A. they love what they do. B. it will keep them out of trouble. C. it will give them time to think about important things. D. God said so in the Bible. 3. A grandson of the slave master John Ardinburgh declared that a “good funeral” for Bomefree would include a jug of whiskey. Sojourner Truth saw the jug as offering A. too little too late. B. mere hypocrisy. C. sin over atonement. D. an opiate for slaves. 4. Tecumseh’s “Let the white race perish” speech is A. a logical list of reasons why the whites should be resisted. B. an appeal to the emotions of his listeners. C. a satire on the white race and its traditions. D. a plea to the people’s reason. 5. “Yonder sky has wept tears of compassion” is an example of A. personification. B. assonance. C. consonance. D. alliteration. 6. The religious revivals of nineteenth-century America included people who became very excited, claiming that God spoke to them directly. These people were called A. literalists. B. enthusiasts. C. Bible beacons. D. revivalists. 7. When Tecumseh says, “Where today is the Pequot? Where the Narragansetts, the Mohawks?” he is A. asking why all the tribes haven’t come to the council. B. boasting that his tribe had conquered these tribes and can do the same to the whites. C. indicating what happens to tribes that don’t unite against the whites. D. implying that these tribes aren’t as brave as their reputations suggest. 8. What is Sojourner Truth’s attitude toward the Bible? A. She accepts as true only what’s true in her own experience. B. She depends on professional theologians to make sense of it for her. C. She says it’s a tool of whites to explain that slavery is morally acceptable. D. She believes that every word in the Bible is from God. 9. What one thing does Thoreau say stifles poetry and philosophy? A. Crime B. Business C. Laws D. Goverment 10. Thoreau writes that people should be “mining themselves for gold.” By this he is stating, in another way, the ideal of Socrates, which was to A. put first things first. B. live and let live. C. know thyself. D. deny thyself to learn what is valuable. 11. In “Life without Principle,” Thoreau writes, “If my wants should be much increased, the labor required to supply them would become a drudgery.” What does this statement mean? A. The more you have, the more you want. B. If you don’t want much, you don’t have to spend as much time being miserable working to get it. C. Work is meaningful only when you think about what you’ll be able to do with the money you earn. D. Slavery was wrong because it meant that some people worked hard to satisfy other people’s wants. 12. The story of The Wolf used by Chief Pontiac is an example of A. a myth. B. personification. C. an autobiography. D. a simile. 13. The statement “There was snow on the ground, . . . and a large old-fashioned sleigh was seen to drive up to the door of the late Col. Ardinburgh” is an example of A. metaphor. B. social commentary. C. exterior narrative. D. interior monologue. 14. Chief Seattle contrasts the religions of the whites and of his people by saying the Native American religion exists “in the hearts of the people,” while the religion of the whites is written on tablets of stone by A. an angry God. B. seekers after truth. C. Moses. D. lightning atop a mountain. 15. At first, Sojourner Truth was happy to have many children because A. they could help her with her daily tasks. B. they were the only things that gave her joy. C. it provided more slaves for her owner. D. it took her mind off her problems. 16. What did Thoreau have in common with John Thornton in The Call of the Wild? A. A dislike of government B. A mistrust of religion C. An enjoyment of solitude D. A love of hunting 17. Regarding the difference between fiction and nonfiction, which statement is most accurate? A. Writers of nonfiction have no need to express passionate opinion. B. Nonfiction writers are more often free to move about in time and space. C. Nonfiction writers are free to embellish the facts. D. Literary fiction does little except inform and specify. 18. Tecumseh was chief of the A. Pawnee. B. Pequot. C. Shawnee. D. Choctaw. 19. Thoreau writes, “When our lives cease to be inward and private, conversation degenerates” to become A. mere gossip. B. a fantasy about a fiction. End of exam C. seeking an advantage over others. D. mindless and sterile. 20. When does the Narrative of Sojourner Truth take place? A. Right after the Emancipation Proclamation B. Before the Civil War C. After the Civil War D. During the Civil War.