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

2. 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.

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

4. What reason does Emerson give for good deeds?
(a) Some men do good deeds when they are of decent character.
(b) Some men do good deeds to quiet their conscience.
(c) Some men do good deeds because it is their intrinsic duty.
(d) Some men do good deeds as a spectacle for others.

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

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

7. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?
(a) The assurance of his fellows.
(b) Consent to do good.
(c) Courage and charity.
(d) The assurance of philanthropists.

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

9. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?
(a) The divine idea each of us represents.
(b) Our own preestablished harmony.
(c) The power that resides in us.
(d) The character that makes an impression on us.

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

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

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

13. What does Emerson say a man speaking his opinions would do to other men?
(a) Force them to listen.
(b) Put them in fear.
(c) Force them to see the truth.
(d) Force them to tell the truth.

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

15. What does Emerson say members are required to surrender in his comparison to joint-stock companies?
(a) Liberty and freedom.
(b) Culture and education.
(c) Liberty and culture.
(d) Nature and freedom.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are boys sure of in Emerson's example of how boys speak their mind?

3. What does Emerson say "...is all that concerns..." him?

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

5. What are "sallies" of will?

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