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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 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 man one is.
(d) The precise tone of one's character.

2. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?
(a) It's inevitable.
(b) It's the greatest risk in a great man's life.
(c) It's a compliment.
(d) It's not as bad as people say.

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

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

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

6. What does Emerson say a man should learn to detect and watch?
(a) The actions of others.
(b) His inner light.
(c) His true character.
(d) His own thoughts.

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

8. 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.

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

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

11. What do others use to "compute our orbit"?
(a) Our past acts.
(b) Our countenance.
(c) Our consistency.
(d) Our self-trust.

12. What does Emerson say members are trying to secure in his comparison to joint-stock companies?
(a) Their profits.
(b) Their jobs.
(c) Their reputations.
(d) Their bread.

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

14. Which of the following figures does Emerson not mention as being an example of speaking one's mind?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Moses.
(c) Plato.
(d) Milton.

15. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?
(a) The assurance of philanthropists.
(b) The assurance of his fellows.
(c) Consent to do good.
(d) Courage and charity.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Emerson, what are heroes attended by?

2. What are boys sure of in Emerson's example of how boys speak their mind?

3. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?

4. Where does Emerson say it is easy to live after the world's opinion?

5. Who wrote the verses that Emerson mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?

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