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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. Whom does Emerson compare Lincoln to in "Abraham Lincoln"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) The Buddha.
(c) Jesus Christ.
(d) George Washington.

2. What kind of men do the hard work of farming?
(a) Men of endurance.
(b) None of the answers is correct.
(c) Men of nature.
(d) Men of great faith.

3. According to Emerson, what is one negative effect of men isolating themselves?
(a) Making themselves unfit for marriage.
(b) Not being aware of societal changes.
(c) Extreme independence.
(d) Not being aware of current events.

4. What was Carlyle's first name?
(a) Timothy.
(b) Thomas.
(c) Andrew.
(d) Mark.

5. What contemporary of Emerson's can be seen in his poem "Uriel"?
(a) Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
(b) William Wordsworth.
(c) Edgar Allan Poe.
(d) T. S. Eliot.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what state did John Brown lead a revolt?

2. Where does Emerson say egotism likely comes from?

3. In what year was the Emancipation Proclamation signed?

4. What kind of a president does Emerson say Lincoln was?

5. What is the flower of the English aristocracy, according to Emerson?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to "Culture", what is culture? How does it develop?

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

7. What did Emerson think of his stepfather?

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

9. List at least three negative qualities Napoleon possessed. What effect did he have on modern society?

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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