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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What has the world been taught by "this colossal symbol," the world's instructors?
(a) The value of virtue.
(b) The value of loyalty.
(c) The respect due from man to man.
(d) The respect due to the nation's great minds.

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

4. 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.

5. In the state of having "life in yourself" that Emerson describes, what does he claim is of no account?
(a) Vast spaces of nature and long intervals of time.
(b) The will and wanting of others.
(c) A man's own personal interest.
(d) This world's many riches.

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

7. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

13. When does Emerson claim that the luster "will be transferred from the actions of kings to those of gentlemen"?
(a) When men begin to trust in themselves.
(b) When men act with original views.
(c) When men begin using their reason.
(d) When men begin to realize their own value.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What kind of prayer does Emerson call "vicious"?

4. At which point is a person willing to "let the words go"?

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

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