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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?
(a) The assurance of his fellows.
(b) Courage and charity.
(c) The assurance of philanthropists.
(d) Consent to do good.

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

6. Which of the following figures does Emerson not mention as being an example of speaking one's mind?
(a) Milton.
(b) Moses.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Plato.

7. What do others use to "compute our orbit"?
(a) Our past acts.
(b) Our countenance.
(c) Our consistency.
(d) Our self-trust.

8. What is Emerson describing when he states: "In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity: yet when the devout motions of the soul come ... they should clothe God with shape and color"?
(a) It is acceptable to change one's mind.
(b) Your own ideas of God are unimportant.
(c) You must be wary of religious emotion.
(d) We can never truly know what God is like.

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

10. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?
(a) The divine idea each of us represents.
(b) Our own preestablished harmony.
(c) The character that makes an impression on us.
(d) The power that resides in us.

11. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?
(a) The feelings divine providence has instilled in them.
(b) The ideas divine providence has instilled in them.
(c) The place divine providence has found for them.
(d) The work divine providence has allotted them.

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

13. Who does Emerson say babies conform to?
(a) Their parents.
(b) Nobody.
(c) Everybody.
(d) The world at large.

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

15. What does Emerson say is most important about verses like the ones he mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?
(a) The thoughts they contain.
(b) The writer's character.
(c) The sentiment they instill.
(d) The writer's true feelings.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Emerson say he knows it makes no difference whether he does or forbears "...those actions which are reckoned excellent"?

3. Besides children, who does Emerson say God has armed with "piquancy and charm"?

4. What does Emerson say man is jailed by?

5. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?

(see the answer keys)

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