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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What rule of wisdom does Emerson seem to find in his discussion of society's views of past acts?
(a) Never rely on the memories of others.
(b) Never rely on your memory alone.
(c) Always rely on the memory of others.
(d) Always rely on your memory alone.

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

3. What does Emerson say the world will do to you for nonconformity?
(a) Whip you with its displeasure.
(b) Lash you with its criticism.
(c) Punish you for your folly.
(d) Scourge you for your witlessness.

4. 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?
(a) The best of intentions.
(b) That which is right.
(c) God.
(d) The absolute trustworthy.

5. What does Emerson say he will do if he is the Devil's child?
(a) He will find the doctrines of the church.
(b) He will try to find God.
(c) He will live wholly.
(d) He will live from the Devil.

6. What does "Ne te quaesiveris extra" mean?
(a) Man is his own star.
(b) Every man should do extra work.
(c) Do not look outside yourself.
(d) Do not reach outside yourself.

7. What kind of expression does Emerson say that we begin to acquire with conformity?
(a) The gentlest perceptive expression.
(b) The gentlest asinine expression.
(c) The gentlest rational expression.
(d) The gentlest weak-minded expression.

8. What is an institution the lengthened shadow of?
(a) One man.
(b) A great character.
(c) All great men.
(d) A series of geniuses.

9. How does Emerson say a man can recognize what he is capable of?
(a) His inner voice tells him.
(b) He cannot know until he's tried.
(c) His inner power becomes clear.
(d) Nature tells him.

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

11. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?
(a) Society demands this of us.
(b) We are now men.
(c) We are old enough.
(d) We must live according to our conscience.

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

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

14. What does Emerson say "...is all that concerns..." him?
(a) What I believe.
(b) What I must do.
(c) My own thought.
(d) My own charities.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Emerson say babies conform to?

2. Why does Emerson say that it is difficult to live his rule?

3. Which effort does Emerson insist we obey?

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

5. What does Emerson say conformity does in his objection to it?

(see the answer keys)

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