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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "...the man in the street, finding no worth in himself..." feels poor when he looks on what?
(a) Books containing the writings of geniuses.
(b) The possessions of others.
(c) Towers and sculptured marble gods.
(d) The palaces of the rich.

2. What does Emerson say "...is all that concerns..." him?
(a) What I must do.
(b) My own thought.
(c) My own charities.
(d) What I believe.

3. What does Emerson say no man can violate?
(a) His nature.
(b) The laws of God.
(c) The laws of nature.
(d) The laws of society.

4. Besides children, who does Emerson say God has armed with "piquancy and charm"?
(a) Invalids.
(b) Women.
(c) The youth.
(d) Infants.

5. What is "Himmaleh"?
(a) A place like heaven.
(b) An imaginary creature.
(c) The Himalayan mountain range.
(d) A great ship.

6. Why does Emerson say that it is difficult to live his rule?
(a) Because you will always find people who know your character better than you.
(b) Because you will always have to worry about what other people think
(c) Because you will always find people who know your duty better than you.
(d) Because you will never find friends.

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

8. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?
(a) They become abstract.
(b) They grow faint and inaudible.
(c) They become louder and more powerful.
(d) They are affected by others.

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

10. What does Emerson mean by the word "meanness" when he writes: "This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness"?
(a) Harshness.
(b) Hatefulness.
(c) Plainness.
(d) Spitefulness.

11. What does Emerson claim "statesmen and philosophers and divines" adore?
(a) Foolish magnanimity.
(b) Foolish consistency.
(c) Foolish contradiction.
(d) Foolish misunderstanding.

12. What does conformity explain?
(a) Itself.
(b) One's fear.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Everything.

13. Emerson says boys try and sentence people and facts based on what?
(a) Their own mind.
(b) Their intuition.
(c) Their merits.
(d) Their characters.

14. What word does Emerson use to describe people who live their own opinion "in the midst of the crowd"?
(a) Great.
(b) Base.
(c) Independent.
(d) Ingenious.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?

2. What does Emerson say members are required to surrender in his comparison to joint-stock companies?

3. What does Emerson say he will do if he is the Devil's child?

4. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?

5. What does Emerson wish adults could return to?

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