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

Robert D. Richardson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Emerson travel after returning from Europe?

2. Which of these concerns did NOT burden Emerson in 1847?

3. What does Richardson say Hafiz awoke in Emerson?

4. What did Emerson say about women's rights?

5. What did Margaret Fuller ask Emerson for in 1840?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, according to Richardson, was Emerson's mood dark while he was preparing for his lecture tour in England?

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

3. Describe Emerson's lecturing career.

4. What was Emerson's relationship with abolition?

5. Who was Jones Very?

6. To what use does Emerson put great men in Representative Men?

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

8. How does Richardson characterize Emerson's fame?

9. What does Richardson say was Emerson's last characteristic book?

10. How does Richardson characterize the change that took place in Emerson after Waldo's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Emerson is famous for his belief in the idea that people are guided by inner lights. In what instances did Emerson act on this belief most effectively? How do his actions show us his philosophy, or is it in his writing that we see this most? (In which case, how do we understand the difference between the work and the man?)

Essay Topic 2

What role did death have to play in making Emerson the writer he became? Whose deaths really impacted him, and what did he take from each experience of grief?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think is Emerson's legacy, and who do you think embodies his ideas or messages today? Was his most important legacy his writing or his lectures, his life, or the legend of his personality? What lines have come from him, and who carries those lines now?

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