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Henry David Thoreau
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Chapter 1 Summary
Chapters 2–4 Summary
Chapters 5–9 Summary
Chapters 10–14 Summary
Chapters 15–18 Summary
Questions & Answers
“He Hears A Different Drummer”
“The Mass of Men Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation”
Essays and Criticism
History of the Text
Ideas for Reports and Papers
Topics for Discussion
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Walden Questions and Answers
What does this quote from Walden mean? "Still we live meanly, like ants, though the fable tells us that we were long ago changed into men."
What do the phrases "We are determined to starve before we are hungry" and "Men say a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches to-day to save nine tomorrow" mean?
What does Thoreau mean by "quiet desperation"?
Which page contains Thoreau's passage about living deliberately in the woods?
What does this quote by Thoreau mean: "We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us?"
What is the central idea of "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For"?
Why does Thoreau go to live in the woods?
What are some examples of similes and personification in the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau?
What does the following quote from "Chapter II: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" in Walden by Thoreau imply?
What does Thoreau mean in Walden when he says that most men live meanly?
What are some of the literary allusions found in Walden? Explain.
In Walden, what does Thoreau mean by his comment, "It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail?"
What are the four necessities of life according to Thoreau in Walden?
Please explain the following quote from Thoreau's "Walden" -- "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."
In Walden, what does Thoreau mean when he says "In Wildness is the preservation of the world"?
How is Walden an example of transcendentalism?
Why did Thoreau live on the shore of Walden Pond, and why did he write Walden?
How would you explain Thoreau's reasons for leaving Walden Pond?
What lesson does Thoreau use in describing the bug in the wood?
What does it mean to "live deliberately"?
What advice does Thoreau offer to his "fellows" about ownership of land and property in "Economy," in Walden?
In Walden, how does Thoreau use literary elements to show that he grew closer to nature?
What does this quotation from Walden mean? "However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names." How can it be explained with examples?
What is the theme of Walden by Henry David Thoreau?
What does Thoreau mean by his statement in Walden, and how is it significant to the text's idea?
Metaphors In Walden
What does Thoreau say in Walden about a man keeping pace with his companions?
What does this quote mean? "If railroad are not built, how shall we get to heaven in season?"
How does Thoreau use the literary device of analogy throughout Walden?
According to Thoreau, by what are our lives "filtered away" Walden by Henry David Thoreau
What are Thoreau's views on conformity and nonconformity?
In Walden, why is Thoreau's motto simplicity?
In Walden, what does Thoreau mean by "keep your accounts on a thumbnail"?
In Walden, what is Thoreau's view on individuality and conformity?
What three things were important to Thoreau in Walden?
What do Thoreau's views on news and mail reveal about his values?
What does Thoreau mean by "to cut a broad swath and shave close" in Walden?
How does this quote relate to modern life?
In Walden, what does the "chopping sea" metaphor mean?
In Walden, why does Thoreau allude to the Spartans, Trojans, and Napoleon's campaigns?
I Went To The Woods Because I Wished To Live Deliberately Meaning
In "Where I Lived and What I Lived For," what is the message of Kieou-he-yu and Khoung-tseu's story?
Paraphrase this quote from Walden: "Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul."
According to Henry David Thoreau in Walden, why were modern society's problems solved by simplicity?
How did Thoreau construct his cabin in Walden?
What is Thoreau's perspective on poverty in Walden?
What obstacles did Thoreau face on his journey in Walden?
Contrast Thoreau's Walden with Emerson's "Self-Reliance".
What is Thoreau's perspective on the shepherd's life if his flocks always wandered to higher pastures than his thoughts?
What do the ants symbolize in Walden?