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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which is the definition of the word "valors" when Caratach is admonished to inquire the mind of the god Audate and replies: "His hidden meaning lies in our endeavours; Our valors are our best gods.")?
(a) Distinguishing traits.
(b) Principles and standards.
(c) Regard and esteem.
(d) Courage and boldness.

2. Emerson announces "The delegation from Essex! The Democrats from New Hampshire!" in an attempt to show that men feel strong under which circumstances?
(a) In offices.
(b) In politics.
(c) In organizations.
(d) In numbers.

3. 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 book.
(c) His roses.
(d) His house.

4. How does Emerson describe perception?
(a) Perception is something one chooses on one's own.
(b) Perception is as much a fact as the sun.
(c) Perception should be contradicted.
(d) Perception is different for each person.

5. What is a hieroglyphic as referred to in talking about virtue paid to kings, nobles and great proprietors?
(a) An Egyptian pictogram.
(b) A puzzle.
(c) A monument.
(d) A symbol.

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

7. What is it that man no longer dares to say, according to Emerson?
(a) "I won't" and "I disagree."
(b) "I want" and "I will."
(c) "I think" and "I am."
(d) "I can" and "I believe."

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

9. What does the soul perceive about Truth and Right in the state of having "life in yourself'?
(a) Their coexistence with passion.
(b) Their self-evidence.
(c) Their calming effect.
(d) Their self-existence.

10. Emerson says we should do what instead of sitting down to "cry for company" with others?
(a) Impart to them truth and health in rough electric shocks.
(b) Impart to them will and self-sufficiency in course precision of reality.
(c) Impart to them strength and good will in simple sweetness.
(d) Impart to them friendship and companionship in uncomplicated sympathy.

11. What is the definition of "docility" as used by Emerson ("our docility to our own law")?
(a) Submissiveness.
(b) Weakness.
(c) Passivity.
(d) Strength.

12. In the final sentence of "Self-Reliance," Emerson writes: "Nothing can bring you peace but" what?
(a) "Your own will."
(b) "Yourself."
(c) "The triumph of your character."
(d) "The triumph of principles."

13. Which system does Emerson accuse of fostering restlessness?
(a) Our system of education.
(b) Our system of religion.
(c) Our system of politics.
(d) Our system of travel.

14. Who does Emerson say has chosen "our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion"?
(a) God.
(b) Ourselves.
(c) Society.
(d) Our families.

15. What does Emerson mean in saying that there "will be power not confident but agent" when the soul is present?
(a) Our power is not prideful.
(b) We do not hope for power, we have power.
(c) Our power lives.
(d) We do not confide our power to others.

Short Answer Questions

1. Emerson claims that a man or company of men can overpower "all cities, nations, kings, rich men, poets" when he or they posses which characteristic?

2. Emerson claims that man "stands on tiptoe" to see what?

3. What does Emerson say are "but physiological colors which the eye makes"?

4. What does Emerson say we can know about justice?

5. How does Emerson claim we give men the power to annoy us?

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