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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Emerson call history a parable of?
(a) Phraseology in another country.
(b) My being and becoming.
(c) Right and wrong.
(d) Time and space.

4. What does Emerson say are "but physiological colors which the eye makes"?
(a) Light and dark.
(b) Belief and wisdom.
(c) Time and space.
(d) Reality and perception.

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

6. What do young men do if they fail in their first enterprises?
(a) Doubt themselves.
(b) Turn to society for help.
(c) Lose all heart.
(d) Turn to God.

7. 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) Prayer.
(b) Property.
(c) Modes of living.
(d) Education.

8. What does Emerson say the civilized man no longer know thanks to the Greenwich nautical almanac he has?
(a) The stars in the sky.
(b) The countries of the world.
(c) The hours of the tides.
(d) The cardinal directions.

9. Emerson states, "The way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new." What does he mean?
(a) That state is unlike anything we've ever experienced.
(b) That state can be disconcerting in the beginning.
(c) Each person experiences that state for himself or herself alone.
(d) When we reach that state, we will finally understand what others meant in describing it.

10. What does Emerson claim has happened to "the highest truth on this subject" in referencing the point of the essay overall?
(a) It shall remain a mystery.
(b) It remains unsaid.
(c) It cannot be understood.
(d) It cannot prevail.

11. 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 truth and health in rough electric shocks.
(c) Impart to them strength and good will in simple sweetness.
(d) Impart to them will and self-sufficiency in course precision of reality.

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

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

14. 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?
(a) Being entirely self-reliant.
(b) Being open to principles.
(c) Being of great virtue.
(d) Being fully honest.

15. What does Emerson say goes with him everywhere he goes?
(a) His guilt.
(b) His giant.
(c) His trunk.
(d) His suggestions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say are "another sort of false prayer"?

2. What is a man worth that "tries all the professions"?

3. What is the definition of "docility" as used by Emerson ("our docility to our own law")?

4. Emerson laments that strong intellects "dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of..." whom?

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

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