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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Emerson say no man can violate?
(a) The laws of society.
(b) The laws of God.
(c) His nature.
(d) The laws of nature.

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

6. What does conformity explain?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Itself.
(c) Everything.
(d) One's fear.

7. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?
(a) We understand the work required.
(b) We understand the opposition.
(c) We are unsure of ourselves.
(d) We are unsure of what others will think.

8. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?
(a) Obey your spontaneous impression.
(b) Art is a matter of personal taste.
(c) There are few true geniuses in the world.
(d) Truly great works of art inspire everyone.

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

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

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

12. What does Emerson claim is the only thing that is sacred?
(a) The goodness of the world.
(b) Tradition.
(c) Names and customs.
(d) The integrity of one's own mind.

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

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

15. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has done his best?
(a) Relieved.
(b) Delivered.
(c) Restless.
(d) Powerful.

Short Answer Questions

1. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?

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

3. What does Emerson say a great soul may as well concern himself with as with consistency?

4. What does Emerson say Joseph does with his coat?

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

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