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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who does Emerson say babies conform to?
(a) Everybody.
(b) Their parents.
(c) The world at large.
(d) Nobody.

4. What does Emerson say he has difficulty detecting when people "maintain a dead church"?
(a) The precise man one is.
(b) The precise nature of one's beliefs.
(c) The precise tone of one's character.
(d) The precise source of one's conviction.

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

6. Which words does Emerson want to have "gazetted and ridiculous henceforward"?
(a) Mediocrity and contentment.
(b) Conformity and consistency.
(c) Society and philanthropy.
(d) Memory and reality.

7. What is Emerson referring to when he states: "It will be found symmetrical" in talking about consistency vs. contradiction?
(a) A man's character reflects the society he lives in.
(b) Emerson's own thoughts reflect his life.
(c) Every man's character reflects his own life.
(d) A good character is always the same on the outside as on the inside.

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

9. What is Emerson suggesting with his mention of Joseph and his coat?
(a) That we flee from contradiction.
(b) That we abandon the need to conform.
(c) That we flee from God and religion.
(d) That we abandon previous theories.

10. What does Emerson not recommend dragging about in his discussion of past acts?
(a) The burden of the public.
(b) The deadweight of contradiction.
(c) The corpse of your memory.
(d) The carcass of your consistency.

11. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?
(a) Philanthropy is our obligation to poor men.
(b) It is our right to be philanthropic.
(c) Philanthropy is the highest good.
(d) Philanthropy can be malice and vanity in disguise.

12. What does Emerson mean by the word "meanness" when he writes: "This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness"?
(a) Spitefulness.
(b) Harshness.
(c) Hatefulness.
(d) Plainness.

13. What does Emerson say causes a man to come to the conviction that "...envy is ignorance"?
(a) Age.
(b) Education.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) Upbringing.

14. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?
(a) Nonconformist.
(b) Fearless.
(c) Genuine.
(d) Self-reliant.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say he will do if he is the Devil's child?

2. Who does Emerson say the youth speaks forcefully to?

3. 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?

4. What word does Emerson use to describe people who live their own opinion "in the midst of the crowd"?

5. What does Emerson say tendency does to variety of actions?

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