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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 first poem in the collection "Poetry"?
(a) "Threnody".
(b) "Goodbye".
(c) "The Problem".
(d) "Lines to Ellen".

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

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

4. What is one aspect of the English Emerson admires?
(a) Their spirituality.
(b) Their military.
(c) Their slow-to-anger steadiness.
(d) Their government rituals.

5. What is the "ill-fated, much-injured race," according to "The Emancipation Proclamation"?
(a) Whites.
(b) Jews.
(c) Romans.
(d) African-Americans.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Emerson compare Lincoln to in "Abraham Lincoln"?

2. What type of man idolized Napoleon, according to Emerson?

3. Which of the following is NOT learned by humans to survive culturally?

4. Where was Thoreau happiest, according to Emerson?

5. In what year was the Emancipation Proclamation signed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the Fugitive Slave Law, which is the subject of "The Fugitive Slave Law". Who was behind it?

2. How are humans like plants, according to "Culture"?

3. In "Abraham Lincoln", what does Emerson say about Abraham Lincoln, particularly in regard to his presidency?

4. Why does Emerson call the farmer the "continuous benefactor" of mankind in "Farming"?

5. What did Emerson say about the South in "The Emancipation Proclamation"? Why?

6. In what three ways do geniuses maintain their distance from others?

7. Why do some people glamorize farming? Why does Emerson say they should not?

8. Explain the events that led to John Brown's death.

9. What significance does "Walden" have to Emerson?

10. Describe Emerson's two trips to England, including the year for each, which led to his writing of "English Traits".

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