Short Essay Questions Key
1. What do you know about Ralph Waldo Emerson?
2. Explain the opening quote to Emerson's essay, "Ne te quaesiveris extra" and why he uses it.
3. Why does Emerson hold Moses, Plato and Milton in such high regard?
4. Why do you think Emerson claims, in talking about some verses he had read, that "The sentiment they instill is of more value than any thought they may contain."?
5. At the beginning of paragraph 2, Emerson states: "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil." Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
6. Explain the quote "Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events" from paragraph 3.
7. Emerson states in paragraph 3 that "We are now men." What does he insist that we must do?
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