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4.20.3: Reading and Review Questions

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    1. In “Resistance to Civil Government,” why does Thoreau believe government should function not through majority rule but through individual conscience? How do his thoughts related to those of Adams and Hamilton? Why?
    2. How do Thoreau’s arguments in “Resistance to Civil Government” relate to his views on the whole of man in Waldon? How do Emerson’s views on self-reliance relate to Thoreau’s here?
    3. In “Economy,” what are Thoreau’s reasons for advocating the economic use of one’s time and energy? For what purpose? How does simplicity correct the “enslaving” effects of complex economy, according to Thoreau?
    4. What about ourselves and our lives does Thoreau want to make his readers aware of, for example, through simplicity and deliberateness? Consider “Where I Lived.”
    5. In Walden, why does the cycle of the year end in Spring? How do you know?

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