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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Emerson wish adults could return to?
(a) Their carelessness.
(b) Their true state.
(c) Their neutrality.
(d) Their youth.

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. What is a hobgoblin?
(a) A superficial object.
(b) A misinterpretation.
(c) An apparent danger.
(d) An imaginary creature.

11. Who does Emerson say babies conform to?
(a) Their parents.
(b) Everybody.
(c) Nobody.
(d) The world at large.

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

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

14. According to Emerson, what are heroes attended by?
(a) An undying light.
(b) Their victories.
(c) The worship of others.
(d) A visible escort of angels.

15. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?
(a) Fearless.
(b) Genuine.
(c) Nonconformist.
(d) Self-reliant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say conformity does in his objection to it?

2. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?

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

4. What does Emerson mean when he writes: "...yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color"?

5. How does Emerson say it is easy to live after your own opinion?

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