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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. What is the purpose of manners, according to Emerson's "Manners"?
(a) To establish social ranking.
(b) To foster intellectual discussion.
(c) To facilitate the creation and function of society.
(d) To demonstrate superiority over animals and savages.

2. Who or what is a part of nature, according to "Nature"?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Progress.
(c) Man.
(d) Architecture.

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

4. According to Emerson, what is a faint reflection of proper manners?
(a) Fashion.
(b) Literature.
(c) Spiritual ritual.
(d) Proper speech.

5. What is the only permanent thing in the universe, according to Emerson?
(a) God.
(b) Scientific thought.
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Impermanence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the subject of "An Address"?

2. Which of the following is the Gospel that makes mention of repetition of the Lord's Supper in worship, according to Emerson?

3. How is truth revealed, according to "Intellect"?

4. What is the mentality of 1844 based on, according to Emerson?

5. What does Emerson believe about nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is each person's vocation discovered, according to "Spiritual Laws"? How is one's potential realized?

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

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

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

5. Explain what is mirrored in "Intellect". What does this yield?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. According to "Art", from where does all art evolve? What is its purpose?

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