Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is a dollar worth more, according to Emerson?

2. Where did Ripley graduate college?

3. How does Emerson describe John Brown in "John Brown"?

4. Where did Thoreau live?

5. According to "Society and Solitude", what is necessary for men to formulate thoughts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What dichotomy in Carlyle does Emerson explain in "Carlyle"?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Explain the Emancipation Proclamation.

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

9. What three things does Emerson say Thomas Carlyle was?

10. By what kind of poetry was "The Problem" inspired? What kind of rhyme does it use throughout?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of "Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson"? What do you learn about Emerson by reading it?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role slavery plays in Emerson's writing.

Essay Topic 3

What was Emerson's view of Abraham Lincoln? Use examples from Emerson's essays to support your claims.

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