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 is the "ill-fated, much-injured race," according to "The Emancipation Proclamation"?

2. In what does Emerson say men truly learn?

3. What kind of nature does Emerson say the farmer has?

4. Where did Thoreau live?

5. On what day did Emerson deliver "Emancipation in the British West Indies"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Explain the Emancipation Proclamation.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Emerson's temperament affected his life experiences. Use his essay, "Experience", to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Emerson's view of the rite of communion in Christianity. Include the Biblical evidence he uses in his essay, "The Lord's Supper", to support your claims.

Essay Topic 3

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

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