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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 that it is difficult to live his rule?
(a) Because you will never find friends.
(b) Because you will always have to worry about what other people think
(c) Because you will always find people who know your duty better than you.
(d) Because you will always find people who know your character better than you.

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

3. What claim does Emerson make about the force of character?
(a) It is the only genuine path.
(b) It is cumulative.
(c) It is what differentiates great men from all others.
(d) It is unbreakable.

4. 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 tell the truth.
(d) Force them to see the truth.

5. Who or what does Emerson say he is living his life for?
(a) Itself.
(b) Himself.
(c) The higher good of society.
(d) God.

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

7. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?
(a) The hearts of children.
(b) The face and behavior of children.
(c) The character of children.
(d) The actions of children.

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

9. 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.

10. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?
(a) A respectful community.
(b) A true prince.
(c) A welcoming home.
(d) A true princess.

11. What word does Emerson use to describe people who live their own opinion "in the midst of the crowd"?
(a) Ingenious.
(b) Great.
(c) Independent.
(d) Base.

12. What are boys sure of in Emerson's example of how boys speak their mind?
(a) Their parents.
(b) Themselves.
(c) Their dinner.
(d) Their friends.

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

14. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?
(a) Our need to be the same as others.
(b) Our need to please others.
(c) Our fear of God.
(d) Our religious duty.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?

2. What does Emerson say members are required to surrender in his comparison to joint-stock companies?

3. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?

4. What does Emerson claim is the only thing that is sacred?

5. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?

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