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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are "sallies" of will?
(a) Ventures outside of the norm.
(b) Role models.
(c) Demonstrations.
(d) Motivating factors.

2. What does Emerson say he has difficulty detecting when people "maintain a dead church"?
(a) The precise nature of one's beliefs.
(b) The precise source of one's conviction.
(c) The precise tone of one's character.
(d) The precise man one is.

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

4. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?
(a) Philanthropy is our obligation to poor men.
(b) Philanthropy can be malice and vanity in disguise.
(c) It is our right to be philanthropic.
(d) Philanthropy is the highest good.

5. What is Emerson referring to when he states: "It will be found symmetrical" in talking about consistency vs. contradiction?
(a) A good character is always the same on the outside as on the inside.
(b) Every man's character reflects his own life.
(c) A man's character reflects the society he lives in.
(d) Emerson's own thoughts reflect his life.

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

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

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

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

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

11. How does Emerson say he knows it makes no difference whether he does or forbears "...those actions which are reckoned excellent"?
(a) He knows for himself.
(b) God told him.
(c) His experience told him.
(d) Society at large gave him the answer.

12. What kind of expression does Emerson say that we begin to acquire with conformity?
(a) The gentlest weak-minded expression.
(b) The gentlest rational expression.
(c) The gentlest asinine expression.
(d) The gentlest perceptive expression.

13. 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"?
(a) Encourage the artists that paint the likeness of God.
(b) God will take on form even if you never believed in a deity.
(c) You will find that God has an actual form.
(d) You should give up your life for those that give form to God.

14. What are boys sure of in Emerson's example of how boys speak their mind?
(a) Their parents.
(b) Their friends.
(c) Themselves.
(d) Their dinner.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?

2. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?

3. What does Emerson say is a conspiracy against manhood?

4. To which "iron string" does Emerson say every heart vibrates?

5. What is Emerson referring to when he writes: "...seated at their heart, working through their hands..." in his description of those living according to his recommendations?

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