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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT one of the categories Emerson divides the world into?
(a) Truth.
(b) Commodity.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Language.

2. Whom does Emerson especially urge to experience their own heroism?
(a) Women.
(b) Religious mystics.
(c) The downtrodden.
(d) Children.

3. What does Plato's concept of the dichotomy of the body and soul provide the foundation for, according to Emerson?
(a) The afterlife.
(b) Christianity's monotheism.
(c) America's bipartisanism.
(d) Paganism's polytheism.

4. How does Emerson suggest his readers should acquire art?
(a) By listening to art dealers.
(b) By following their hearts.
(c) By creating it themselves.
(d) By reading about what's popular at the time.

5. According to Emerson, what do realists have on their side?
(a) Emotion.
(b) Heart.
(c) Faith.
(d) Reason.

6. True prudence does not question ______ laws.
(a) Spiritual.
(b) Natural.
(c) God's.
(d) Man's.

7. How will society become better, according to Emerson?
(a) With more government.
(b) By giving the government control over personal freedoms.
(c) With grass-roots governments.
(d) With less government.

8. Who or what is a part of nature, according to "Nature"?
(a) Progress.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Man.
(d) Architecture.

9. The power of ______ lies in their ability to awaken us to the universal and timeless laws of man and nature.
(a) Historians.
(b) Scholars.
(c) Philosophers.
(d) The arts.

10. How do we pass through life, according to "Experience"?
(a) Vain to think we make a difference in any life except our own.
(b) As children in a maze.
(c) Unaware that it is miraculous.
(d) Pausing to learn from experience.

11. Who is the author of "Selected Writings"?
(a) Henry David Thoreau.
(b) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(c) Napoleon.
(d) Plato.

12. Who said, "Do not flatter your benefactors"?
(a) An unnamed Indian guru.
(b) The Buddha.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Jesus Christ.

13. Who was Plato's teacher?
(a) Confucius.
(b) Immanuel Kant.
(c) Socrates.
(d) He was self-taught.

14. What does Emerson call prudence, according to "Prudence"?
(a) The way of men.
(b) The beginning of the end.
(c) The path to peace.
(d) The virtue of the senses.

15. How does the love between a man and woman usually begin?
(a) Quietly, like a summer breeze.
(b) With shy flirtations.
(c) In hot-blooded youth.
(d) With fire and passion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the subject of "An Address"?

2. How is truth revealed, according to "Intellect"?

3. In what year was "Nature" published?

4. What is the direction of nature and human consciousness?

5. What does Emerson link with transcendentalism in "The Transcendentalist"?

(see the answer keys)

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