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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) We can never truly know what God is like.
(c) You must be wary of religious emotion.
(d) Your own ideas of God are unimportant.

2. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?
(a) They become abstract.
(b) They grow faint and inaudible.
(c) They are affected by others.
(d) They become louder and more powerful.

3. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?
(a) We are unsure of ourselves.
(b) We understand the opposition.
(c) We understand the work required.
(d) We are unsure of what others will think.

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

5. What does Emerson suggest is required to withstand the "rage of the cultivated classes" and the "indignation of the people"?
(a) Decorous and prudent rage.
(b) A sad countenance.
(c) The habit of magnanimity.
(d) An unintelligent brute.

6. What does Emerson claim is the only thing that is sacred?
(a) The goodness of the world.
(b) Names and customs.
(c) The integrity of one's own mind.
(d) Tradition.

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

8. What claim does Emerson make about the force of character?
(a) It is the only genuine path.
(b) It is cumulative.
(c) It is unbreakable.
(d) It is what differentiates great men from all others.

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

10. What are "sallies" of will?
(a) Demonstrations.
(b) Motivating factors.
(c) Role models.
(d) Ventures outside of the norm.

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

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

13. "...the man in the street, finding no worth in himself..." feels poor when he looks on what?
(a) The possessions of others.
(b) The palaces of the rich.
(c) Books containing the writings of geniuses.
(d) Towers and sculptured marble gods.

14. What does Emerson say causes a man to come to the conviction that "...envy is ignorance"?
(a) Upbringing.
(b) Education.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) Age.

15. Where does Emerson say it is easy to live after the world's opinion?
(a) In the world.
(b) In your community.
(c) Among friends.
(d) At home.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?

2. "The voyage of the best ship is..."

3. What does conformity explain?

4. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?

5. Emerson says boys try and sentence people and facts based on what?

(see the answer keys)

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