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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?
(a) The hearts of children.
(b) The face and behavior of children.
(c) The actions of children.
(d) The character of children.

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

3. What does Emerson say a man should learn to detect and watch?
(a) His own thoughts.
(b) The actions of others.
(c) His inner light.
(d) His true character.

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

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

6. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?
(a) Our own will alone.
(b) A low usurping willfulness.
(c) The will of others.
(d) A most disagreeable sensation.

7. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?
(a) You shall gain strength against your opposition.
(b) You shall reinforce yourself.
(c) You shall become refined in character.
(d) You shall reap what you sow.

8. 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.

9. What does Emerson mean by the word "meanness" when he writes: "This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness"?
(a) Plainness.
(b) Harshness.
(c) Spitefulness.
(d) Hatefulness.

10. What does Emerson say will happen if one does not put his heart into his work?
(a) His family will desert him.
(b) His friends will desert him.
(c) God will desert him.
(d) His genius will desert him.

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

12. What does Emerson insist men carry themselves in the presence of?
(a) All opposition.
(b) God.
(c) Decent and well-spoken individuals.
(d) Societies and dead institutions.

13. Who does Emerson say the youth speaks forcefully to?
(a) Seniors.
(b) Their contemporaries.
(c) Children.
(d) Women.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?

2. What does Emerson claim "statesmen and philosophers and divines" adore?

3. What does Emerson say a man speaking his opinions would do to other men?

4. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?

5. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?

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