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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year did Emerson deliver "Emancipation in the British West Indies"?
(a) 1844.
(b) 1840.
(c) 1838.
(d) 1848.

2. Whom does Emerson attack in "The Fugitive Slave Law"?
(a) Harriet Tubman.
(b) Daniel Webster.
(c) All free white men.
(d) President Abraham Lincoln.

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

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

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

6. According to Emerson, what is one negative effect of men isolating themselves?
(a) Making themselves unfit for marriage.
(b) Extreme independence.
(c) Not being aware of societal changes.
(d) Not being aware of current events.

7. What is the title of Thoreau's best known work?
(a) "The Aeneid".
(b) "Leaves of Grass".
(c) "The Waste Land".
(d) "Walden".

8. What kind of income does the farmer usually earn?
(a) Miniscule.
(b) Ample.
(c) None at all.
(d) Modest.

9. In what does Emerson say men truly learn?
(a) Both solitude and society.
(b) Solitude.
(c) Society.
(d) Education and experience.

10. When was Emerson's last trip to England?
(a) 1827.
(b) 1852.
(c) 1833.
(d) 1847.

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

12. What form does "Emancipation in the British West Indies" take?
(a) A letter.
(b) A brochure.
(c) A poem.
(d) A tract.

13. What form does "John Brown" take?
(a) Letter.
(b) Ode.
(c) Elegy.
(d) Short story.

14. What is the celebration in "Lines to Ellen"?
(a) Childbirth.
(b) Marriage.
(c) A woman's classic beauty.
(d) Love.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the accumulation of wealth a virtue, according to Emerson?

2. Where does Emerson say egotism likely comes from?

3. What word does Emerson use to describe Napoleon's intellect?

4. What contemporary of Emerson's can be seen in his poem "Uriel"?

5. Where was Lincoln from?

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