Preface and The Student
1. The Mind on Fire is the story of what?
(a) Emerson's literary development.
(b) Emerson's family.
(c) Emerson's marriage.
(d) Emerson's intellectual career.
2. What idea of Emerson's influenced Richardson's biography?
(a) That men are best described by the women in their lives.
(b) That some men's lives define the extremes of human experience.
(c) That the lives of great mean can tell us about all men.
(d) That men can only be known through their historical context.
3. What does Richardson say his book illustrates in Emerson's life?
(a) His literary development.
(b) His life as opposed to his reputation.
(c) His genius and his flaws.
(d) His emotional life.
4. How are we introduced to Emerson in the Prologue?
(a) He is being celebrated as the poet of the people.
(b) He is writing his first major work.
(c) He is traveling South to recover his health.
(d) He is opening his dead wife's casket.
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