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 contemporary of Emerson's can be seen in his poem "Uriel"?

2. What was Napoleon's opinion of inherited monarchy?

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

4. What word does Emerson use to describe Napoleon's intellect?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain how society and solitude are both necessary for people, according to "Society and Solitude".

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

10. What does Emerson think of Daniel Webster? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain transcendentalism, focusing on Emerson's expressions of it in "Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson".

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of nature in Emerson's writings.

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