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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 was Napoleon's opinion of inherited monarchy?
(a) Adulation.
(b) Contempt.
(c) Indifference.
(d) Envy.

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

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

4. Why did Thoreau not have his highly superior pencil produced, despite its acclaim?
(a) He did not have the time or skills to market it properly.
(b) He did not want to "sell out."
(c) He did not think it would catch on.
(d) He did not see the point in repeating himself.

5. What age did Napoleon usher in that the West had yet to recover from, according to Emerson?
(a) Intellectualism and Spirituality.
(b) The Industrial Age.
(c) A fascination with New Age mysticism.
(d) Selfishness and materialism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one aspect of the English Emerson admires?

2. On what day was the Emancipation Proclamation signed?

3. What was John Brown's punishment after the revolt?

4. What was Carlyle's career?

5. In what city did John Brown lead a revolt?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Emerson say a truly clever man accumulates wealth? What examples does Emerson give?

2. What does Emerson think of slavery, according to "Emancipation in the British West Indies"? What challenge does he issue in his essay?

3. Explain the essential goodness of wealth, according to "Conduct of Life".

4. Explain Emancipation Day, which was the inspiration for "Emancipation in the British West Indies".

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

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

7. What is the purpose of "Ezra Ripley, D.D."? Where was it presented?

8. According to "Napoleon; or, the Man of the World", what evidence is there that Napoleon was a genius?

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

10. What example does Emerson give in "Thoreau" of Thoreau's individualism?

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