Self-Reliance Multiple Choice Test Questions

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1. What does "Ne te quaesiveris extra" mean?
(a) Man is his own star.
(b) Do not look outside yourself.
(c) Every man should do extra work.
(d) Do not reach outside yourself.

2. Who wrote the verses that Emerson mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?
(a) An well-known painter.
(b) A well-known author.
(c) An unknown painter.
(d) An unknown sculptor.

3. What does Emerson say is most important about verses like the ones he mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?
(a) The sentiment they instill.
(b) The writer's character.
(c) The writer's true feelings.
(d) The thoughts they contain.

4. Which of the following figures does Emerson not mention as being an example of speaking one's mind?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Moses.
(c) Plato.
(d) Milton.

5. What does Emerson say a man should learn to detect and watch?
(a) His own thoughts.
(b) The actions of others.
(c) His inner light.
(d) His true character.

6. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?
(a) Truly great works of art inspire everyone.
(b) There are few true geniuses in the world.
(c) Art is a matter of personal taste.
(d) Obey your spontaneous impression.

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