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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 one should ask the "invaders" to do since "God is here within"?
(a) Take off their shoes.
(b) Finally be calm.
(c) Go for a walk.
(d) Stay away.

2. Which of the following examples does Emerson NOT name in conjunction with the attribute of the Supreme Cause?
(a) Eloquence.
(b) Commerce.
(c) Farming.
(d) Whaling.

3. Emerson claims that man "stands on tiptoe" to see what?
(a) The past.
(b) His blooming garden.
(c) His own riches.
(d) The future.

4. Emerson states that we are "like children" who do what?
(a) "Postpone that which inevitably must come."
(b) "Repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors."
(c) "Do not yet understand the truth we witness."
(d) "Are perfect at every moment."

5. Emerson mentions something personal to him that makes "no reference" to the past and simply exists with God today. What is it?
(a) His patron saint.
(b) His house.
(c) His roses.
(d) His book.

6. What does Emerson say conspires against "the sanity and authority of the soul"?
(a) Our mind.
(b) Religion.
(c) Worship.
(d) Time.

7. How does Emerson measure the degree to which a thing is real?
(a) By the measure of virtue it contains.
(b) By the degree of power it exhibits.
(c) By the measure of life it contains within it.
(d) By the degree of trust it has in the Supreme Cause.

8. What will we gladly do when we have "new perception"?
(a) "Use words as good when occasion comes."
(b) "Live as strong men."
(c) "Live with God."
(d) "Disburden the memory of its hoarded treasures."

9. Emerson explains what underlies the present and life and death. What is it?
(a) The pure love of God.
(b) Nature in all its glory.
(c) That which I think and feel.
(d) Vision and understanding.

10. Which of the following does Emerson NOT use as an example of self-sufficiency?
(a) The creation of a planet.
(b) A child growing up to be a man.
(c) A rose blooming after a storm.
(d) A tree recovering from a storm.

11. At what have men looked "so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned, and civil institutions as guards"?
(a) Things.
(b) The cross.
(c) Institutions.
(d) Themselves.

12. "Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which..."?
(a) "...cannot help others."
(b) "...cannot speak the truth."
(c) "...cannot display power."
(d) "...cannot help itself."

13. No one but whom can teach us "that which (we) can do best"?
(a) Ourselves.
(b) Our Inner Voice.
(c) Our maker.
(d) Our Divine Spirit.

14. Which virtue is paid to kings, nobles and great proprietors?
(a) Homage.
(b) Loyalty.
(c) Gratitude.
(d) Servitude.

15. Which faith does Emerson NOT mention as an example of "creeds and churches"?
(a) Lutheranism.
(b) Calvinism.
(c) Swedenborgism.
(d) Quakerism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Emerson states, "The way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new." What does he mean?

2. What does Emerson call "primary wisdom"?

3. What has the world been taught by "this colossal symbol," the world's instructors?

4. What does Emerson call history a parable of?

5. Which of the following countries does Emerson NOT mention in talking about traveling?

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