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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. If the people within a commune did not work equally, what does Emerson say the harder-working individuals would do?
(a) Grow agitated and start fighting among themselves.
(b) Defect and seek fortunes in the larger world.
(c) Defect and start another commune.
(d) Create a hierarchy and rule the weaker workers.

2. How does Emerson suggest his readers should acquire art?
(a) By following their hearts.
(b) By listening to art dealers.
(c) By reading about what's popular at the time.
(d) By creating it themselves.

3. What aspect of man does "Nominalist and Realist" delve into?
(a) Greed.
(b) Psychology.
(c) Bipolar nature.
(d) Spirituality.

4. According to Emerson's "The Over-Soul", which of the following is NOT the essence of the over-soul?
(a) An indwelling sense of God.
(b) Human consciousness.
(c) Spirituality.
(d) Intellectual discussion.

5. Who is the author of "Selected Writings"?
(a) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(b) Plato.
(c) Henry David Thoreau.
(d) Napoleon.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the soul different from the physical body, according to Emerson?

2. What is the primary tool of the poet?

3. What word did Plato use to explain opposites joined together, according to "Plato, or the Philosopher"?

4. What does Emerson see evidence of everywhere he looks in society?

5. What direction is character aligned with, according to Emerson?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to "The Lord's Supper", what does Emerson say is the purpose of the Lord's Supper in Christian ritual? What does he say should be the focus?

2. How does Emerson define character? What analogy does he use in his definition?

3. What does Emerson think of Plato, according to "Plato; or, the Philosopher"? What indicates this?

4. What is the benefit of friendship, according to "Friendship"? What is the irony in Emerson's essay?

5. According to "Manners", what people are permitted latitude in their manners?

6. What is transcendentalism, according to "Nature"?

7. What rights does every individual in a free society have, according to "Politics"?

8. According to "Circles", how must humans adapt to the constant state of change that exists?

9. According to "The Poet", what is the effect of poets speaking the truth? How do poets speak the truth?

10. According to "Experience", why do most people not recognize the changes in their lives until they are looking in retrospect?

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