Emerson: The Mind on Fire: A Biography Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

Robert D. Richardson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Inner Light.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What topic did Emerson lecture on after returning home from Europe?
(a) Science.
(b) Biography.
(c) Literature.
(d) Religion.

2. What troubled Emerson during his travels to the South?
(a) His divinity studies.
(b) Slavery.
(c) His engagement to Ellen Tucker.
(d) His religious faith.

3. What trouble did the Emerson family encounter around the time of Emerson's engagement?
(a) His brother had a mental breakdown.
(b) His father died.
(c) His brother died of tuberculosis.
(d) His mother fell ill.

4. Where was Emerson going on Christmas Day, 1832?
(a) Boston.
(b) New York.
(c) South Carolina.
(d) Europe.

5. Where does Richardson say Emerson and his brothers got their most profound education?
(a) Harvard.
(b) Ruth Haskins.
(c) Their father.
(d) Mary Moody Emerson.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Emerson change after opening Ellen's casket?

2. On whom did Emerson's reading focus after he graduated from Harvard?

3. Where in his career was Emerson, in the scene Richardson describes in the Prologue?

4. Where did Emerson travel from South Carolina?

5. What was Emerson's family's economic status when Emerson was in college?

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