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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which story does Emerson tell to get his point across about self-perception?
(a) That of a poor man taken to a duke's house and told he is the duke.
(b) That of a duke who leaves his riches behind to become a poor man.
(c) That of a duke taken to a poor man's house and told he is a poor man.
(d) That of a poor man who trusts himself enough to become a duke.

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

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

5. 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 power that resides in us.
(d) The divine idea each of us represents.

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

7. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?
(a) Their minds are untrustworthy.
(b) Their minds are undeveloped.
(c) Their minds are uninfluenced.
(d) Their minds are whole.

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

9. What does Emerson say members are trying to secure in his comparison to joint-stock companies?
(a) Their profits.
(b) Their reputations.
(c) Their bread.
(d) Their jobs.

10. 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.

11. Why does Emerson say that it is difficult to live his rule?
(a) Because you will always find people who know your character better than you.
(b) Because you will always find people who know your duty better than you.
(c) Because you will never find friends.
(d) Because you will always have to worry about what other people think

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Emerson give for good deeds?



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



3. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?



4. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?



5. What word does Emerson use to describe people who live their own opinion "in the midst of the crowd"?



(see the answer keys)

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