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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who signed the Emancipation Proclamation?
(a) The Senate.
(b) Daniel Webster.
(c) President Abraham Lincoln.
(d) The House of Representatives.

2. How many trips did Emerson make to England that led to the writing of "English Traits"?
(a) Seven.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

3. What does Emerson say about the southern states in "The Emancipation Proclamation"?
(a) They will be joined into one state.
(b) They will fall by the wayside.
(c) Let them secede.
(d) They had the right idea, but did not execute it properly.

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

5. Where was Thoreau happiest, according to Emerson?
(a) On the ocean.
(b) In the city.
(c) In nature.
(d) Among people.

6. What is the subject of "The Problem"?
(a) Emerson's biography.
(b) Emerson's fear of dying alone.
(c) Emerson's desire to be a true poet.
(d) Emerson's split with the church.

7. What kind of men do the hard work of farming?
(a) Men of great faith.
(b) Men of nature.
(c) None of the answers is correct.
(d) Men of endurance.

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

9. What would Carlyle do if elected to Parliament, according to Emerson?
(a) Gag reporters.
(b) End slavery.
(c) Close down all newspapers.
(d) Expand slavery.

10. What kind of man does Emerson say makes his wealth on a large scale by using the masses and their leaders?
(a) A greedy man.
(b) A lazy man.
(c) A clever man.
(d) A charismatic man.

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

12. What does culture allow humans to do, according to "Culture"?
(a) Understand each other.
(b) Evolve.
(c) Learn.
(d) Live together in harmony.

13. What allows humans to survive culturally, according to Emerson?
(a) Adaptability.
(b) Education.
(c) Philosophy.
(d) Faith.

14. In what city did John Brown lead a revolt?
(a) Pittsburgh.
(b) New York City.
(c) Harpers Ferry.
(d) Boston.

15. Why does Emerson say Webster is wrong?
(a) He did not back up his claims with evidence.
(b) He verbally attacked President Abraham Lincoln.
(c) He sided with slavery.
(d) He was a poor orator.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Lincoln understand, according to Emerson?

2. According to "Society and Solitude", what is necessary for men to formulate thoughts?

3. Whose rights did the Fugitive Slave Law protect?

4. How does Emerson describe Ripley?

5. What contemporary of Emerson's is suggested in his poem "Forerunners"?

(see the answer keys)

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