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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 is a conspiracy against manhood?
(a) Nature.
(b) Society.
(c) Joint-stock companies.
(d) The world.

2. What does Emerson claim men believe about how they communicate their character?
(a) They believe they can communicate their virtue without their vice.
(b) They believe their virtue and vice emit a breath every moment.
(c) They believe they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions.
(d) They believe that communicating virtuous actions makes up for their vice.

3. To which "iron string" does Emerson say every heart vibrates?
(a) Live thy will.
(b) Never give up.
(c) Trust thyself.
(d) Represent thyself.

4. What does Emerson say will happen if one does not put his heart into his work?
(a) His friends will desert him.
(b) His genius will desert him.
(c) His family will desert him.
(d) God will desert him.

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

6. What kind of expression does Emerson say that we begin to acquire with conformity?
(a) The gentlest rational expression.
(b) The gentlest perceptive expression.
(c) The gentlest asinine expression.
(d) The gentlest weak-minded expression.

7. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?
(a) We understand the work required.
(b) We understand the opposition.
(c) We are unsure of what others will think.
(d) We are unsure of ourselves.

8. 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 writer's character.
(c) The writer's true feelings.
(d) The sentiment they instill.

9. What does Emerson say Joseph does with his coat?
(a) Leaves it "among the darkest enemy."
(b) Leaves it behind "like an empty husk."
(c) Leaves it "in the hand of the harlot."
(d) Leaves it "under the cloak of night."

10. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?
(a) The Mongolian Empire.
(b) The Reformation.
(c) Abolition.
(d) Monachism.

11. 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) The absolute trustworthy.
(d) That which is right.

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

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

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

15. Which story does Emerson tell to get his point across about self-perception?
(a) That of a poor man who trusts himself enough to become a duke.
(b) That of a duke who leaves his riches behind to become a poor man.
(c) That of a duke taken to a poor man's house and told he is a poor man.
(d) That of a poor man taken to a duke's house and told he is the duke.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson mean by the word "meanness" when he writes: "This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness"?

2. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?

3. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?

4. What reason does Emerson give for good deeds?

5. What does Emerson say he has difficulty detecting when people "maintain a dead church"?

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