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. What does Emerson say is difficult because "solitude is impracticable, and society fatal"?

2. What role does the farmer play to mankind, according to "Farming"?

3. What do the Magna Carta, American Revolution, and habeas corpus reveal about the English?

4. What kind of success did Napoleon focus on?

5. Who signed the Emancipation Proclamation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Emerson write "Abraham Lincoln"? How did New Englanders feel about this?

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

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

5. Explain the Emancipation Proclamation.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Emerson's view of the English people.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Emerson's view of love, focusing on the spiritual love he describes in his essay, "Love".

Essay Topic 3

Explain the relationship between Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

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