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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson claim men believe about how they communicate their character?
(a) They believe their virtue and vice emit a breath every moment.
(b) They believe that communicating virtuous actions makes up for their vice.
(c) They believe they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions.
(d) They believe they can communicate their virtue without their vice.

2. Which words does Emerson want to have "gazetted and ridiculous henceforward"?
(a) Memory and reality.
(b) Conformity and consistency.
(c) Mediocrity and contentment.
(d) Society and philanthropy.

3. 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 character better than you.
(d) Because you will always find people who know your duty better than you.

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

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

6. "The voyage of the best ship is..."
(a) A zigzag line.
(b) A journey to a faraway land.
(c) A steady flowing path.
(d) A course of a hundred decisions.

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

8. What is it that we put on in company according to Emerson?
(a) A feigned laugh.
(b) A forced smile.
(c) A new set of opinions.
(d) Our best dress.

9. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?
(a) Their minds are uninfluenced.
(b) Their minds are undeveloped.
(c) Their minds are untrustworthy.
(d) Their minds are whole.

10. Where does Emerson say it is easy to live after the world's opinion?
(a) At home.
(b) Among friends.
(c) In the world.
(d) In your community.

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

12. What does Emerson say he has difficulty detecting when people "maintain a dead church"?
(a) The precise tone of one's character.
(b) The precise nature of one's beliefs.
(c) The precise man one is.
(d) The precise source of one's conviction.

13. What does Emerson say conformity does in his objection to it?
(a) It drains one's will.
(b) It scatters one's force.
(c) It weakens one's contribution.
(d) It blurs one's judgment.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To which "iron string" does Emerson say every heart vibrates?

3. What is "Himmaleh"?

4. What does Emerson say causes a man to come to the conviction that "...envy is ignorance"?

5. Why does Emerson say a character is "like an acrostic"?

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