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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In writing about strength, to whom does Emerson compare the American?
(a) The Algerian.
(b) The Viking.
(c) The Ecuadorian.
(d) The New Zealander.

2. What does Emerson claim society never does?
(a) Looks back.
(b) Regrets.
(c) Advances.
(d) Compares.

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

4. Which of the following does Emerson NOT list in the aspects of life in which "It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution"?
(a) Modes of living.
(b) Education.
(c) Prayer.
(d) Property.

5. Whom does Emerson say we should awaken when entering "into the state of war"?
(a) Thor and Woden.
(b) Camulus and Cocidius.
(c) Zeus and Hera.
(d) Mars and Jupiter.

6. 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 numbers.
(b) In politics.
(c) In organizations.
(d) In offices.

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

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

9. Emerson says we should do what instead of sitting down to "cry for company" with others?
(a) Impart to them friendship and companionship in uncomplicated sympathy.
(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 truth and health in rough electric shocks.

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

11. Who said "To the persevering mortal ... the blessed Immortals are swift"?
(a) Bonduca.
(b) Fletcher.
(c) Caliph Ali.
(d) Zoroaster.

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

13. Emerson says that another person of greater obedience can master him, although he does not do what?
(a) Openly challenge him.
(b) Raise his finger.
(c) Appeal to armies.
(d) Speak a single word.

14. Which emotions does Emerson say are beneath the state of having "life in yourself"?
(a) Fear and revenge.
(b) Fear and gratitude.
(c) Hope and joy.
(d) Fear and hope.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson recommend we do in our relationships with our family?

2. What do Alfred, Scanderbeg and Gustavus have in common?

3. Which of the following does Emerson NOT say "looks abroad" in talking about mimicking other countries?

4. What does Emerson say the man who is "really of their class" will be the founder of?

5. What does God communicate when he speaks, according to Emerson?

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