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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does a dollar represent, according to Emerson?
(a) Intellectual value.
(b) Monetary value.
(c) Spiritual value.
(d) Moral value.

2. According to Emerson, why is the farmer blessed?
(a) He lives in and works close to nature.
(b) He is unencumbered by societal norms.
(c) He makes his own schedule.
(d) He understands the seasons.

3. How does Emerson describe Ripley?
(a) A natural gentlemen.
(b) Overbearing.
(c) Friendly to the point of being naive.
(d) Cold.

4. According to "Society and Solitude", what is necessary for men to formulate thoughts?
(a) Solitude.
(b) Both solitude and society.
(c) Education.
(d) Society.

5. What was Carlyle's first name?
(a) Mark.
(b) Andrew.
(c) Thomas.
(d) Timothy.

6. In what state did John Brown lead a revolt?
(a) Massachusetts.
(b) Pennsylvania.
(c) New York.
(d) Virginia.

7. Where does Emerson say egotism likely comes from?
(a) Primal instinct.
(b) Learned behavior.
(c) Peer pressure.
(d) The accumulation of wealth.

8. Why is the accumulation of wealth a virtue, according to Emerson?
(a) It secures man his future.
(b) It secures man his family.
(c) It secures man his independence.
(d) It secures man his power.

9. What job did Ripley have before entering college?
(a) Farmer.
(b) Preacher.
(c) Plumber.
(d) Day laborer.

10. How does Emerson describe culture AND humans?
(a) Plastic.
(b) Malleable.
(c) Gold.
(d) Not unlike nature.

11. What group did Emerson share "Ezra Ripley, D.D." with?
(a) Concord's daily newspaper.
(b) The Social Circle of Concord.
(c) A local library group.
(d) Boston College.

12. Why was Carlyle respected, according to "Carlyle"?
(a) For his ability to teach people about nature.
(b) For his political views.
(c) For his philosophies.
(d) For his intellect.

13. What is the first poem in the collection "Poetry"?
(a) "Threnody".
(b) "Goodbye".
(c) "The Problem".
(d) "Lines to Ellen".

14. What is a hermit?
(a) One who is a social butterfly.
(b) One who has a fear of social situations.
(c) One who is a nonconformist.
(d) One who lives in solitude.

15. What kind of nature does Emerson say the farmer has?
(a) Hard-working.
(b) Beneficial.
(c) The kind of nature that teaches others life lessons.
(d) Innocent and pure.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what does Emerson say men truly learn?

2. What form does "Emancipation in the British West Indies" take?

3. What is the celebration in "Lines to Ellen"?

4. What did Lincoln understand, according to Emerson?

5. What form does "John Brown" take?

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