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Do you know about Henry David Thoreau? Who was he? Have you read all the books written by him? Check out these quiz questions with their answers in the true-false format and evaluate your knowledge. Henry David was an American poet and philosopher. Although he has written many books, he is best known for his book Walden. Have you read this book? If you know about Henry David, try this quiz and assess yourself. All the very best to you!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    It took Thoreau one year to write his book Walden.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The book Walden was published in 1854 - 9 years after he had lived in the cabin.

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  • 2. 

    Thoreau's experiment was to  “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Thoreau's experiment was to live intentionally and focus only on the most important aspects of life. He wanted to learn from these essential facts and ensure that he truly lived before he died. This aligns with the statement "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Therefore, the correct answer is True.

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  • 3. 

    Thoreau's cabin at Walden pond was very expensive and luxurious.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The total cost of the built was at that time $28.12 and it was 10 feet wide and 15 feet long (app. 12 m2)

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  • 4. 

    Thoreau often visited his friends while living at Walden Pond.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Thoreau often visited his friends while living at Walden Pond. This suggests that Thoreau maintained social connections and did not isolate himself completely during his time at Walden Pond. It implies that he valued and sought out companionship, despite his desire for solitude and simplicity in nature.

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  • 5. 

    Thoreau inspired the conservation movement from 1850-1920 (including John Muir and The President Theodor Rosevelt) .

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Thoreau's writings and philosophy, particularly his book "Walden," had a significant influence on the conservation movement during the period from 1850 to 1920. His ideas about living simply, in harmony with nature, and the importance of preserving wilderness areas resonated with many individuals, including John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt. They were inspired by Thoreau's work and played key roles in advocating for the protection of natural resources and the establishment of national parks and conservation policies. Therefore, the statement that Thoreau inspired the conservation movement from 1850-1920 is true.

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  • 6. 

    Henry David Thoreau inspired the 20th century protest movements with his 'civil disobedience', later protest movements against the Vietnam War. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Thoreau protested in a non-violent way against the Mexican War by not paying his poll-tax. He was sentenced to jail for refusing to pay his tax.

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  • 7. 

    Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts for two years, two months and two days.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Henry David Thoreau did indeed live at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts for a specific period of time. The statement mentions that he lived there for two years, two months, and two days, indicating a specific duration of his stay. Therefore, the answer "True" is correct.

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  • 8. 

    Henry David Thoreau owned Walden Pond.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Thoreau was supported by his live-long best friend Emerson who owned the land

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  • 9. 

    Henry David was born on 12 July 1817 in Massachusetts.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Henry David was indeed born on 12 July 1817 in Massachusetts. This statement is true and accurate.

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  • 10. 

    The Dial magazine published Henry David Thoreau’s poem Sympathy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because The Dial magazine did indeed publish Henry David Thoreau's poem Sympathy.

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