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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What view does Emerson take of human love in "Love"?
(a) Spiritual.
(b) Logical.
(c) Emotional.
(d) Physical.

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

3. What is bereft of models of heroism, according to Emerson's "Heroism"?
(a) Historical folklore.
(b) Public education.
(c) Contemporary literature.
(d) Secular society.

4. According to "Self-Reliance", what can bring you peace?
(a) Nothing but independence.
(b) Nothing but God.
(c) Nothing but yourself.
(d) Nothing but nature.

5. Where did Emerson deliver "The Lord's Supper" as a sermon?
(a) St. Louis Cathedral.
(b) Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.
(c) The Second Church of Boston.
(d) Westminster Abbey.

6. 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 are politely ignored.
(c) They become a matter of amusement.
(d) They become ammunition for expulsion from that upper class.

7. Why are nominalists more popular?
(a) Their general ideas about things are how we intuitively understand the world.
(b) They are "louder" in expressing their beliefs.
(c) They have been around longer.
(d) They are quieter about their beliefs.

8. What are "apologies for gifts," according to Emerson?
(a) Store-bought gifts.
(b) Fancy jewelry.
(c) Books.
(d) Flowers.

9. What natural phenomenon does Emerson use as a comparison for character in his essay "Character"?
(a) A hurricane.
(b) A canyon.
(c) Ocean waves.
(d) The wind.

10. What did Plato emphasize over the body, according to "Plato, or the Philosopher"?
(a) Human relationships.
(b) The human soul.
(c) Faith.
(d) The heart.

11. Why does Emerson say every man is not duplicitous for not only being partialist?
(a) He can move between viewpoints, but is not both simultaneously.
(b) He really is only a partialist, except when in conversation with other philosophers.
(c) It is simply the way the human mind works.
(d) Emerson says men are duplicitous.

12. What did Emerson say about communion in "The Lord's Supper"?
(a) It should only be observed as part of Last Rites.
(b) It was a miracle that is downplayed in the Bible.
(c) It is a meaningless ritual.
(d) It is the most important ritual in Christianity.

13. What word or phrase means a belief that God's grace allows an individual to ignore all laws, divine and terrestrial?
(a) Antinomianism.
(b) Entitlement.
(c) Faith.
(d) Divine providence.

14. What seldom-acknowledged factor in coloring people's experience is a large part of everyone's life?
(a) Upbringing.
(b) Career.
(c) Temperaments.
(d) Faith.

15. What example does Emerson use in "Spiritual Laws" to demonstrate the effects of force-feeding children questions and answers of little interest?
(a) Patriotism.
(b) Sunday school.
(c) Public school.
(d) Discipline at home.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does nature affect mankind, according to Emerson?

2. If the people within a commune did not work equally, what does Emerson say the harder-working individuals would do?

3. What happens when you greatly admire or revere someone?

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

5. Who can too often judge and categorize art and literature, according to "The Poet"?

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