The Question and Answer section for Civil Disobedience is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Thoreau believed in disobeying authority in a civil way.
Thoreau's questions are largely rhetorical meaning that his answers are implied. This is how he builds his arguments.
During his stay at Walden Pond (later to become the subject of his published journal Walden, or Life in the Woods), Thoreau spent one night in jail for refusing to pay a poll tax meant to support America's war with Mexico. He composed a letter...