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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. What does conformity explain?
(a) Itself.
(b) One's fear.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Everything.

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

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

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

8. What does Emerson say tendency does to variety of actions?
(a) Tendency unites all actions.
(b) Tendency steers the course of a variety of actions.
(c) Tendency makes good any vice in a variety of actions.
(d) Tendency kills the distinctness of variety.

9. What does Emerson suggest is required to withstand the "rage of the cultivated classes" and the "indignation of the people"?
(a) An unintelligent brute.
(b) Decorous and prudent rage.
(c) The habit of magnanimity.
(d) A sad countenance.

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

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

12. Emerson says boys try and sentence people and facts based on what?
(a) Their merits.
(b) Their intuition.
(c) Their characters.
(d) Their own mind.

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

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

15. How does Emerson say he wants his life to be?
(a) Glittering and philanthropic.
(b) Peaceful and quiet.
(c) Genuine and equal.
(d) Courageous and virtuous.

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides children, who does Emerson say God has armed with "piquancy and charm"?

2. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?

3. What is "Himmaleh"?

4. What does Emerson say about the occurrence of virtues?

5. What do others use to "compute our orbit"?

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