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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 about the occurrence of virtues?
(a) Society helps sustain virtue.
(b) Men are virtuous by nature.
(c) Virtue comes through action.

(d) They are the exception rather than the rule.

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

3. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?
(a) Self-reliance.
(b) Innocence.
(c) Formidability.
(d) Conformity.

4. Who does Emerson make an example of when talking about living according to his recommendations?
(a) Great men.
(b) Great artists.
(c) True geniuses.
(d) Minors and invalids.

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

6. What does Emerson mean when he writes: "...yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color"?
(a) You will find that God has an actual form.
(b) Encourage the artists that paint the likeness of God.
(c) God will take on form even if you never believed in a deity.
(d) You should give up your life for those that give form to God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?
(a) Socrates
(b) Plato
(c) Jesus
(d) Luther

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Emerson say it is easy to live after your own opinion?

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

3. What is an institution the lengthened shadow of?

4. Where does Emerson say it is easy to live after the world's opinion?

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

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