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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does nature affect mankind, according to Emerson?
(a) It reminds mankind of what could be.
(b) It slows mankind down.
(c) It provides a connection with other men.
(d) It nurtures and heals mankind.

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

3. Which of the following is the Gospel that makes mention of repetition of the Lord's Supper in worship, according to Emerson?
(a) Luke.
(b) Matthew.
(c) Mark.
(d) John.

4. How should history be understood, according to Emerson's essay "History"?
(a) As biography.
(b) As a piece of the puzzle of the human experience.
(c) As the first and most basic art form.
(d) As subjective narrative.

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

6. According to Emerson, what can only be glimpsed but never possessed?
(a) The true purpose of nature.
(b) The true purpose of mankind.
(c) God's divine design.
(d) The true beauties of nature.

7. How is the soul different from the physical body, according to Emerson?
(a) It is not bounded by time or space.
(b) It can fall prey to temptations of the heart, while the human heart can be steeled against pain.
(c) It must conform to the laws of God.
(d) It is lighter than the physical body.

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

9. According to Emerson, what is a faint reflection of proper manners?
(a) Fashion.
(b) Proper speech.
(c) Literature.
(d) Spiritual ritual.

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

11. What does Emerson believe about nature?
(a) It will be the only thing that lasts.
(b) It is bipolar.
(c) It can be used as an analogy for all aspects of life.
(d) It is unchanging.

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

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

14. What is the direction of nature and human consciousness?
(a) An unlighted path.
(b) Like a labyrinth that turns in on itself.
(c) The creation of ever-widening circles.
(d) Walking an endless circle.

15. What does Emerson link with transcendentalism in "The Transcendentalist"?
(a) Buddhism.
(b) Native American practices.
(c) Islam.
(d) Christianity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the primary tool of the poet?

2. What year is the focus of "New England Reformers"?

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the categories Emerson divides the world into?

4. How does Emerson suggest his readers should acquire art?

5. What is the mentality of 1844 based on, according to Emerson?

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