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Robert D. Richardson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Richardson, what feeling would stay with Emerson for the rest of his life, after the Norton affair?
(a) The taste of public censure.
(b) The pride of accomplishment.
(c) The flush of success.
(d) Doubt about his talents.

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

3. How does Richardson say Emerson felt in response to the work he did for Carlyle?
(a) Inspired to write poetry.
(b) Afraid of failure and competition.
(c) Motivated to write his own essays.
(d) Humbled so that he could not write.

4. What does Richardson say caused Emerson to become less innocent?
(a) Getting older.
(b) His marriage.
(c) Waldo's death.
(d) Ellen's death.

5. Who was Hafiz?
(a) A Malaysian philosopher.
(b) A Persian poet.
(c) An Egyptian philosopher.
(d) A Turkish governor.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Andrews Norton review Emerson's Dartmouth lecture?

2. To what cause does Richardson attribute Emerson's moodiness in advance of his trip to Europe?

3. How does Richardson characterize 1844 in Emerson's life?

4. What did Emerson become interested in after discovering Hafiz?

5. What was Emerson's response to the publicity that arose from Andrews Norton's article?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Emerson's talk in Dartmouth like?

2. Describe the effect Margaret Fuller Ossoli's death had on Emerson.

3. What was the significance of Emerson's first daughter's name?

4. How does Richardson describe Emerson's friendship with Thoreau after returning from England?

5. Who was Jones Very?

6. Describe Emerson's lecturing career.

7. Describe Emerson's son's death and its effect on him.

8. How does Richardson describe Emerson's home life in the 1850s?

9. What was Fourier's influence on Emerson's thinking?

10. How was Emerson's work changing as he reached his fortieth birthday, in Richardson's account?

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