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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What is a man worth that "tries all the professions"?
(a) A thousand college students.
(b) Less than a farmer.
(c) A hundred city dolls.
(d) Less than a minister.

5. In which hours does Emerson say "We feel that duty is our place"?
(a) In self-reliant hours.
(b) In prudent hours.
(c) In honest hours.
(d) In manly hours.

6. What do Alfred, Scanderbeg and Gustavus have in common?
(a) They all are kings.
(b) They all are dukes.
(c) They all lead their people to great riches.
(d) They all protect their kingdoms against powerful enemies.

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

8. What does Emerson say we can know about justice?
(a) Its beauty.
(b) Its presence and its absence.
(c) The soul that caused it.
(d) From whence it comes.

9. What does God communicate when he speaks, according to Emerson?
(a) His will.
(b) Pure light.
(c) All things.
(d) The truth.

10. 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."

11. What does Emerson say you can "present every moment"?
(a) Your art.
(b) Yourself.
(c) Your own gift.
(d) Your will.

12. What does Emerson say he likes "better than any preaching"?
(a) The willingness to take action.
(b) The silent church before the service begins.
(c) The look of a full congregation.
(d) The quiet of a sanctuary.

13. At which point is a person willing to "let the words go"?
(a) When he or she no longer needs them.
(b) When he or she understands them.
(c) When he or she realizes that they are useless.
(d) When he or she becomes self-reliant.

14. What does Emerson say the man who is "really of their class" will be the founder of?
(a) His own nation.
(b) A sect.
(c) His family.
(d) His own tradition.

15. 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 trust it has in the Supreme Cause.
(c) By the measure of life it contains within it.
(d) By the degree of power it exhibits.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Emerson, what is the same to both "kingdom and lordship" and "John and Edward"?

2. How does Emerson say a cultivated man feels about his property?

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

4. In writing about strength, to whom does Emerson compare the American?

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

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