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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Emerson suggesting with his mention of Joseph and his coat?
(a) That we flee from God and religion.
(b) That we abandon the need to conform.
(c) That we abandon previous theories.
(d) That we flee from contradiction.

2. What does Emerson say a man speaking his opinions would do to other men?
(a) Force them to see the truth.
(b) Force them to listen.
(c) Put them in fear.
(d) Force them to tell the truth.

3. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?
(a) You shall reap what you sow.
(b) You shall gain strength against your opposition.
(c) You shall reinforce yourself.
(d) You shall become refined in character.

4. 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) Obey your spontaneous impression.
(d) Art is a matter of personal taste.

5. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has said or done something not according to his own will?
(a) Powerless.
(b) Restless.
(c) Ashamed.
(d) Worried.

6. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?
(a) We are old enough.
(b) We are now men.
(c) Society demands this of us.
(d) We must live according to our conscience.

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

8. What does Emerson say a great soul may as well concern himself with as with consistency?
(a) His own sense of self.
(b) His idea of divinity.
(c) His own hobbies and interests.
(d) His shadow on the wall.

9. To which "iron string" does Emerson say every heart vibrates?
(a) Live thy will.
(b) Represent thyself.
(c) Never give up.
(d) Trust thyself.

10. What does Emerson say causes a man to come to the conviction that "...envy is ignorance"?
(a) Upbringing.
(b) Age.
(c) Education.
(d) Wisdom.

11. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?
(a) The character of children.
(b) The hearts of children.
(c) The actions of children.
(d) The face and behavior of children.

12. What does Emerson insist men carry themselves in the presence of?
(a) All opposition.
(b) Decent and well-spoken individuals.
(c) God.
(d) Societies and dead institutions.

13. What does Emerson say members are required to surrender in his comparison to joint-stock companies?
(a) Liberty and culture.
(b) Culture and education.
(c) Nature and freedom.
(d) Liberty and freedom.

14. Why does Emerson say a character is "like an acrostic"?
(a) Human character is ever-changing.
(b) No matter how you read it, it always spells the same thing.
(c) Human character is puzzling.
(d) Trying to understand one's character can be fun.

15. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?
(a) We understand the work required.
(b) We are unsure of ourselves.
(c) We understand the opposition.
(d) We are unsure of what others will think.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do others use to "compute our orbit"?

2. Who or what does Emerson say he is living his life for?

3. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?

4. What does Emerson mean by the word "meanness" when he writes: "This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness"?

5. What does Emerson claim "statesmen and philosophers and divines" adore?

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