School: Elkmont Facilitator: Roop
3.03 Walden Reading Questions
Answer the following questions in complete sentences (18 points).
1. Why did Thoreau go to Walden?
He wanted to find the real meaning of life.
2. How did he want to live his life?
3. In the first paragraph you read, Thoreau says, “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear…” In what ways might society “live what [is] not life”?
Most people worry about things. He don’t want to worry he just wants to be free and worryless and live life thst nobody lives.
4. In the second paragraph you read, summarize the battle between the ants that Thoreau describes.
They are crazy.
5. Thoreau uses a metaphor at the end of the third paragraph you read: “never dreaming the while that he lives in the dark unfathomed mammoth cave of this world, and has but the rudiment of an eye himself.” What comparison is he making?
6. In the fourth and fifth paragraphs you read, what are Thoreau’s views of the news and the mail? How might Thoreau have seen today’s society that is so obsessed with social media and 24 hours a day news channels?
He could not live in the world we live in today. we have to much technology for him
7. In the last paragraph, what metaphor does Thoreau use in his comparison of time?
He drinks the water from the stream after he drinks it goes back into the water for eternity.
8. One of the major themes in Romanticism is the power of nature. What power did Thoreau find in nature?
Individuality of nature.
9. You have watched a background video on Walden Pond and Henry David Thoreau and read portions of Walden. Compare the image you get of Thoreau from these two very different mediums. What do you feel, if anything, was left out of the video about Thoreau; or, what do you feel was disingenuous about Walden after watching the video? Write a paragraph to