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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?
(a) The will of others.
(b) A low usurping willfulness.
(c) Our own will alone.
(d) A most disagreeable sensation.

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

5. How does Emerson say a man can recognize what he is capable of?
(a) Nature tells him.
(b) His inner voice tells him.
(c) He cannot know until he's tried.
(d) His inner power becomes clear.

6. What does Emerson say is most important about verses like the ones he mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?
(a) The sentiment they instill.
(b) The writer's true feelings.
(c) The writer's character.
(d) The thoughts they contain.

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

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

9. 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 man one is.
(c) The precise source of one's conviction.
(d) The precise tone of one's character.

10. What does Emerson say tendency does to variety of actions?
(a) Tendency kills the distinctness of variety.
(b) Tendency makes good any vice in a variety of actions.
(c) Tendency unites all actions.
(d) Tendency steers the course of a variety of actions.

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

12. What does Emerson say man is jailed by?
(a) The youth.
(b) His consciousness.
(c) Other people.
(d) His interests.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say will happen if one does not put his heart into his work?

2. What does Emerson suggest is required to withstand the "rage of the cultivated classes" and the "indignation of the people"?

3. What word does Emerson use to describe people who live their own opinion "in the midst of the crowd"?

4. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?

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

(see the answer keys)

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