Questions for Thoreau, Walden
|1. What audience does Thoreau imagine for his work?
|2. What complaints does Thoreau have about American life?
|3. Why did Thoreau go to live in the woods?
|4. In the chapter called "The Ponds" Thoreau records
numerous specific observations and anecdotes about Walden Pond. Why do
these details interest him? What symbolic or universal value do they have
|5. What information does Thoreau offer about Walden'sís
past? What significance does this history have?
|6. How does Walden differ from other ponds in the
area? Why is Thoreau interested in these differences?
|7. What relationships do you find between Emerson'sís
and Thoreau'sís essays? Do they share a similar vision of nature? Of America?
Would Thoreau qualify as Emerson'sís American scholar?
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