Civil Disobedience Questions and Answers
by Henry David Thoreau

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Describe the three main groups of “men” or citizens whom Thoreau categorizes on page 750. What types of men belong to each group, and how does each type “serve the state”?

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In "Civil Disobedience ," Thoreau says that the mass of men serve the state "not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies." These are men such as the army, the police, jailers, and others who do not exercise their judgment but merely follow orders. Thoreau is scathing about such men, saying that they...

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