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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 power that resides in us.
(c) Our own preestablished harmony.
(d) The divine idea each of us represents.

2. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?
(a) Their own opinions.
(b) One community of opinion.
(c) The opinion of a woman.
(d) The opinions of their contemporaries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Emerson says boys try and sentence people and facts based on what?
(a) Their merits.
(b) Their characters.
(c) Their own mind.
(d) Their intuition.

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

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

13. What does Emerson say Joseph does with his coat?
(a) Leaves it "under the cloak of night."
(b) Leaves it "among the darkest enemy."
(c) Leaves it "in the hand of the harlot."
(d) Leaves it behind "like an empty husk."

14. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?
(a) Nonconformist.
(b) Self-reliant.
(c) Genuine.
(d) Fearless.

15. What does Emerson say a man speaking his opinions would do to other men?
(a) Force them to listen.
(b) Force them to tell the truth.
(c) Force them to see the truth.
(d) Put them in fear.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?

2. How does Emerson say adults feel in looking into the faces of children?

3. What does Emerson claim is the only thing that is sacred?

4. 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"?

5. What rule of wisdom does Emerson seem to find in his discussion of society's views of past acts?

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