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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?
(a) There are few true geniuses in the world.
(b) Art is a matter of personal taste.
(c) Obey your spontaneous impression.
(d) Truly great works of art inspire everyone.

5. 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"?
(a) It is acceptable to change one's mind.
(b) We can never truly know what God is like.
(c) You must be wary of religious emotion.
(d) Your own ideas of God are unimportant.

6. What does Emerson say conformity does in his objection to it?
(a) It scatters one's force.
(b) It drains one's will.
(c) It blurs one's judgment.
(d) It weakens one's contribution.

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

8. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?
(a) Luther
(b) Jesus
(c) Plato
(d) Socrates

9. What does Emerson say about the occurrence of virtues?
(a) Men are virtuous by nature.
(b) They are the exception rather than the rule.
(c) Society helps sustain virtue.
(d) Virtue comes through action.


10. How does Emerson say it is easy to live after your own opinion?
(a) When your contemporaries agree with you.
(b) In solitude.
(c) Among friends.
(d) In your community.

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

12. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?
(a) A welcoming home.
(b) A true princess.
(c) A true prince.
(d) A respectful community.

13. 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?
(a) God.
(b) The best of intentions.
(c) That which is right.
(d) The absolute trustworthy.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

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

3. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?

4. Who does Emerson make an example of when talking about living according to his recommendations?

5. What claim does Emerson make about the force of character?

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