Emerson: The Mind on Fire: A Biography Test | Final Test - Easy

Robert D. Richardson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did "The Dial" change Emerson's writing?
(a) He was writing shorter works.
(b) He was writing longer essays.
(c) He was writing less.
(d) He stopped writing almost completely.

2. What theme does Richardson say Emerson began to write about as he turned forty?
(a) Political resistance.
(b) Isolation.
(c) Idealism.
(d) Mysticism.

3. What did Emerson begin to write about after returning to America?
(a) His trip to England.
(b) The political events he witnessed.
(c) The realizations he had in the Paris Jardin des Plantes.
(d) Getting older and facing death.

4. What does Emerson try to connect ecstasy to in his essay on ecstasy?
(a) Language.
(b) Nature.
(c) Sex.
(d) History.

5. With what point of Goethe's did Emerson conclude his lectures on great men?
(a) That we must put what we know into practice.
(b) That the times had changed, and human life would be something new from this point.
(c) That we must find the middle path between action and meditation.
(d) That we have to honor tradition even as we innovate.

6. With what view of Emerson's did his friends disagree, according to Richardson?
(a) His positive view of business.
(b) His isolationism.
(c) His positive view of Indian removal.
(d) His focus on writing above all else.

7. How does Richardson characterize Emerson's works after he turned forty?
(a) Darker.
(b) More relaxed.
(c) More mystical.
(d) More confident.

8. What took Emerson to New York?
(a) Lecturing.
(b) Publishing.
(c) Utopian schemes.
(d) Travel for pleasure.

9. What brought Emerson to Europe?
(a) A lecture tour in England.
(b) Visits in Italy.
(c) Invitations to write in Malta.
(d) Curiosity to travel in Greece.

10. What did Emerson witness in Europe?
(a) Modern warfare.
(b) Famine and poverty.
(c) Revolutions in England and France.
(d) Severe economic crisis.

11. Whose coffin did Emerson open toward the end of his life?
(a) Mary Moody Emerson's.
(b) Waldo's.
(c) Ellen's.
(d) His mother's.

12. What does Richardson say Hafiz awoke in Emerson?
(a) Fear.
(b) Contentment.
(c) Ambition.
(d) Passion.

13. What does Richardson say were Emerson's feelings about marriage?
(a) He criticized the institution.
(b) He thought it was the bedrock of civilization.
(c) He thought it was a form of imprisonment.
(d) He thought marriages should allow partners their sexual freedom.

14. What world literature did Emerson include in "The Dial?"
(a) Scriptures.
(b) Accounts of ecstatic religious experiences.
(c) Histories.
(d) Poems.

15. How did Margaret Fuller Ossoli die?
(a) Childbirth.
(b) Shipwreck.
(c) Illness.
(d) Murder.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what theme did Emerson's letters and journals begin to focus after Margaret Fuller's death?

2. Who does Emerson say he had always considered his best friend?

3. What does Richardson say was the most important thing in Emerson's life?

4. Which of Emerson's friendships was tested on Emerson's return from Europe?

5. With whom did Emerson take walks after returning from Europe?

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