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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson say a man must know how to estimate in talking about society and nonconformity?
(a) A sour face.
(b) The will of others.
(c) Nonconformists.
(d) Whether others disagree.

2. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?
(a) Our religious duty.
(b) Our need to please others.
(c) Our need to be the same as others.
(d) Our fear of God.

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

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

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

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

7. What is a hobgoblin?
(a) An imaginary creature.
(b) A misinterpretation.
(c) A superficial object.
(d) An apparent danger.

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

9. 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 deadweight of contradiction.
(d) The burden of the public.

10. What does Emerson say " all that concerns..." him?
(a) My own thought.
(b) What I believe.
(c) My own charities.
(d) What I must do.

11. What does genuine action explain?
(a) Itself.
(b) One's character.
(c) Everything.
(d) Nothing.

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

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

14. What does Emerson claim "statesmen and philosophers and divines" adore?
(a) Foolish magnanimity.
(b) Foolish consistency.
(c) Foolish misunderstanding.
(d) Foolish contradiction.

15. According to Emerson, what are heroes attended by?
(a) Their victories.
(b) The worship of others.
(c) A visible escort of angels.
(d) An undying light.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which story does Emerson tell to get his point across about self-perception?

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

3. How does Emerson say he wants his life to be?

4. What does Emerson claim men believe about how they communicate their character?

5. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?

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