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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the purpose of manners, according to Emerson's "Manners"?
(a) To establish social ranking.
(b) To foster intellectual discussion.
(c) To demonstrate superiority over animals and savages.
(d) To facilitate the creation and function of society.

2. How is a new experience of reality evidenced, according to "Art"?
(a) The artist's personality.
(b) The artist's intellect.
(c) The artist's childhood experiences.
(d) The artist's work.

3. If the people within a commune did not work equally, what does Emerson say the harder-working individuals would do?
(a) Defect and start another commune.
(b) Create a hierarchy and rule the weaker workers.
(c) Grow agitated and start fighting among themselves.
(d) Defect and seek fortunes in the larger world.

4. What happens when you greatly admire or revere someone?
(a) You resent them.
(b) You become jealous of them.
(c) You raise them to perfection in your mind.
(d) You emulate them.

5. According to Emerson's "The Over-Soul", which of the following is NOT the essence of the over-soul?
(a) Spirituality.
(b) Human consciousness.
(c) Intellectual discussion.
(d) An indwelling sense of God.

6. What does Emerson see evidence of everywhere he looks in society?
(a) Loyalty to European traditions.
(b) Decadence.
(c) Defiant reformist mentality.
(d) Lack of desire for independence.

7. What is the mentality of 1844 based on, according to Emerson?
(a) The blind loyalty to government officials.
(b) The desire to be included in popular culture.
(c) Capitalism.
(d) The worth of the individual.

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

9. In what style is "Selected Writings" written?
(a) All of the answers are correct.
(b) Poetry.
(c) Essay.
(d) Address.

10. How are eccentricities dealt with in people who are otherwise fit to enter a mannered upper class?
(a) They are molded into good manners.
(b) They become ammunition for expulsion from that upper class.
(c) They become a matter of amusement.
(d) They are politely ignored.

11. Into how many categories does prudence manifest itself, according to Emerson?
(a) Four.
(b) At least five.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

12. What aspect of man does "Nominalist and Realist" delve into?
(a) Greed.
(b) Psychology.
(c) Bipolar nature.
(d) Spirituality.

13. What word did Plato use to explain opposites joined together, according to "Plato, or the Philosopher"?
(a) Fusion.
(b) Dichotomy.
(c) Synthesis.
(d) Synergy.

14. Who sees through appearances and trends to seize life and speak truth?
(a) The artist.
(b) The philosopher.
(c) The poet.
(d) The academic.

15. What is the function of art, according to Emerson?
(a) To raise controversies.
(b) To prompt discussions about art.
(c) To open our eyes.
(d) To reveal inner thoughts of the artist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said, "Do not flatter your benefactors"?

2. What seldom-acknowledged factor in coloring people's experience is a large part of everyone's life?

3. How was "The Transcendentalist" originally delivered?

4. What did Plato emphasize over the body, according to "Plato, or the Philosopher"?

5. How will society become better, according to Emerson?

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