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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. Into how many categories does prudence manifest itself, according to Emerson?
(a) At least five.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) One.

2. How does nature affect mankind, according to Emerson?
(a) It slows mankind down.
(b) It provides a connection with other men.
(c) It nurtures and heals mankind.
(d) It reminds mankind of what could be.

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

4. According to Emerson, heroism is the unwavering determination to do the right thing combined with a supremely ______.
(a) Hearty spirit.
(b) Good heart.
(c) Strong body.
(d) Balanced mind.

5. What kind of friendship does Emerson prefer?
(a) An intellectual friendship.
(b) A friendship that is "evenly matched."
(c) A long-distance friendship.
(d) A rough kind of friendship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Emerson say about communion in "The Lord's Supper"?

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

3. How are eccentricities dealt with in people who are otherwise fit to enter a mannered upper class?

4. True prudence does not question ______ laws.

5. According to Emerson, what do realists have on their side?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to "New England Reformers", what does a reformist attitude challenge?

4. How was Plato's dichotomy of the body and soul relevant to Emerson's time?

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

6. What are the two effects of a couple who rediscover their love for each other, according to "Love"?

7. According to "Compensation", how does nature maintain balance? How can one maintain balance on earth?

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

9. What do the nominalists and realists each have on their sides, according to Emerson?

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

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