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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?
(a) The opinions of their contemporaries.
(b) One community of opinion.
(c) The opinion of a woman.
(d) Their own opinions.

2. What does genuine action explain?
(a) Itself.
(b) Everything.
(c) Nothing.
(d) One's character.

3. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?
(a) A true princess.
(b) A true prince.
(c) A welcoming home.
(d) A respectful community.

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

5. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has done his best?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Delivered.
(c) Relieved.
(d) Restless.

6. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?
(a) Monachism.
(b) The Mongolian Empire.
(c) Abolition.
(d) The Reformation.

7. What does Emerson say he can anticipate if he knows your sect?
(a) Your beliefs.
(b) Your heart.
(c) Your argument.
(d) Your thoughts.

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

9. What does Emerson say about the occurrence of virtues?
(a) Men are virtuous by nature.
(b) They are the exception rather than the rule.
(c) Virtue comes through action.

(d) Society helps sustain virtue.

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

11. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?
(a) Conformity.
(b) Formidability.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Self-reliance.

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

13. How does Emerson say adults feel in looking into the faces of children?
(a) Disconcerted.
(b) Powerful.
(c) Conquered.
(d) Hopeful.

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

15. What is it that we put on in company according to Emerson?
(a) A new set of opinions.
(b) A feigned laugh.
(c) Our best dress.
(d) A forced smile.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Emerson say " all that concerns..." him?

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

4. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?

5. "The voyage of the best ship is..."

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