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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does genuine action explain?
(a) Everything.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Itself.
(d) One's character.

2. Which effort does Emerson insist we obey?
(a) The Godly effort.
(b) The Higher effort.
(c) The Divine effort.
(d) The Almighty effort.

3. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?
(a) The ideas divine providence has instilled in them.
(b) The feelings divine providence has instilled in them.
(c) The work divine providence has allotted them.
(d) The place divine providence has found for them.

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

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

6. What does Emerson say a man must know how to estimate in talking about society and nonconformity?
(a) Whether others disagree.
(b) A sour face.
(c) Nonconformists.
(d) The will of others.

7. Who wrote the verses that Emerson mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?
(a) An unknown painter.
(b) A well-known author.
(c) An unknown sculptor.
(d) An well-known painter.

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

9. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?
(a) Our own will alone.
(b) A most disagreeable sensation.
(c) A low usurping willfulness.
(d) The will of others.

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

11. How does Emerson say he knows it makes no difference whether he does or forbears "...those actions which are reckoned excellent"?
(a) He knows for himself.
(b) His experience told him.
(c) Society at large gave him the answer.
(d) God told him.

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

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

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

15. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?
(a) Chaos and the Dark.
(b) Chaos and the Devil.
(c) Evil and the Dark.
(d) Evil and Chaos.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?

3. What does Emerson say man is jailed by?

4. Who or what does Emerson say he is living his life for?

5. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?

(see the answer keys)

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