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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?
(a) Chaos and the Devil.
(b) Chaos and the Dark.
(c) Evil and Chaos.
(d) Evil and the Dark.

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

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

4. What does Emerson say members are required to surrender in his comparison to joint-stock companies?
(a) Liberty and freedom.
(b) Nature and freedom.
(c) Culture and education.
(d) Liberty and culture.

5. What does Emerson say about the occurrence of virtues?
(a) Virtue comes through action.

(b) They are the exception rather than the rule.
(c) Society helps sustain virtue.
(d) Men are virtuous by nature.

6. What does Emerson not recommend dragging about in his discussion of past acts?
(a) The carcass of your consistency.
(b) The corpse of your memory.
(c) The burden of the public.
(d) The deadweight of contradiction.

7. How does Emerson say adults feel in looking into the faces of children?
(a) Hopeful.
(b) Powerful.
(c) Disconcerted.
(d) Conquered.

8. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?
(a) The Mongolian Empire.
(b) Monachism.
(c) The Reformation.
(d) Abolition.

9. 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) Always rely on the memory of others.
(c) Never rely on the memories of others.
(d) Always rely on your memory alone.

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

11. 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.

12. 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) You should give up your life for those that give form to God.
(c) Encourage the artists that paint the likeness of God.
(d) God will take on form even if you never believed in a deity.

13. How does Emerson say he wants his life to be?
(a) Glittering and philanthropic.
(b) Peaceful and quiet.
(c) Genuine and equal.
(d) Courageous and virtuous.

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

15. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?
(a) A true prince.
(b) A welcoming home.
(c) A respectful community.
(d) A true princess.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that we put on in company according to Emerson?

2. Which words does Emerson want to have "gazetted and ridiculous henceforward"?

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

4. What does Emerson say man is jailed by?

5. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?

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