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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What claim does Emerson make about the force of character?
(a) It is what differentiates great men from all others.
(b) It is unbreakable.
(c) It is cumulative.
(d) It is the only genuine path.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Emerson not recommend dragging about in his discussion of past acts?
(a) The burden of the public.
(b) The deadweight of contradiction.
(c) The carcass of your consistency.
(d) The corpse of your memory.

8. What does Emerson say boys don't worry about?
(a) Consequences.
(b) Their consciousness.
(c) Being genuine.
(d) What others think.

9. What is an institution the lengthened shadow of?
(a) All great men.
(b) A series of geniuses.
(c) One man.
(d) A great character.

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

11. What does Emerson say a great soul may as well concern himself with as with consistency?
(a) His shadow on the wall.
(b) His idea of divinity.
(c) His own sense of self.
(d) His own hobbies and interests.

12. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?
(a) Our own preestablished harmony.
(b) The power that resides in us.
(c) The divine idea each of us represents.
(d) The character that makes an impression on us.

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

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

15. Who does Emerson say the youth speaks forcefully to?
(a) Women.
(b) Children.
(c) Seniors.
(d) Their contemporaries.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson claim is the only thing that is sacred?

2. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?

3. What is Emerson describing when he states: "In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity: yet when the devout motions of the soul come ... they should clothe God with shape and color"?

4. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?

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

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