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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has said or done something not according to his own will?
(a) Restless.
(b) Worried.
(c) Powerless.
(d) Ashamed.

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

4. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?
(a) We are now men.
(b) We must live according to our conscience.
(c) We are old enough.
(d) Society demands this of us.

5. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?
(a) You shall reap what you sow.
(b) You shall become refined in character.
(c) You shall gain strength against your opposition.
(d) You shall reinforce yourself.

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

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

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

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

10. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?
(a) Chaos and the Devil.
(b) Evil and the Dark.
(c) Chaos and the Dark.
(d) Evil and Chaos.

11. Why does Emerson say a character is "like an acrostic"?
(a) Human character is puzzling.
(b) Human character is ever-changing.
(c) Trying to understand one's character can be fun.
(d) No matter how you read it, it always spells the same thing.

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

13. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?
(a) Their minds are uninfluenced.
(b) Their minds are untrustworthy.
(c) Their minds are undeveloped.
(d) Their minds are whole.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?

2. How does Emerson say he knows it makes no difference whether he does or forbears "...those actions which are reckoned excellent"?

3. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?

4. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?

5. Which effort does Emerson insist we obey?

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