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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson say are "another sort of false prayer"?
(a) Our regrets.
(b) Imitation.
(c) Disunity.
(d) Our creeds.

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

3. Emerson laments that strong intellects "dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of..." whom?
(a) Luther, or Milton or Plato.
(b) Lukas, or Daniel or Isaiah.
(c) David, or Jeremiah or Paul.
(d) Society at large.

4. What does Emerson NOT say is a good reason to travel?
(a) So that man becomes domesticated.
(b) For the purpose of art.
(c) To be amused.
(d) For study.

5. Which of the following countries does Emerson NOT mention in talking about traveling?
(a) China.
(b) Italy.
(c) Egypt.
(d) Greece.

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

7. 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) Our power lives.
(c) We do not confide our power to others.
(d) We do not hope for power, we have power.

8. Emerson mentions something personal to him that makes "no reference" to the past and simply exists with God today. What is it?
(a) His book.
(b) His roses.
(c) His patron saint.
(d) His house.

9. What does Emerson say one shouldn't travel in hope of?
(a) "Escaping the difficult decisions ahead."
(b) "Finding Thebes and Palmyra."
(c) "Leaving all the past behind."
(d) "Finding somewhat greater than [one] knows."

10. Emerson claims that there are "two confessionals, in one or the other of which we must be shriven." What are the confessionals he is referring to?
(a) God and the self.
(b) God and others.
(c) God and the Church.
(d) Others and the self.

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

12. Who instructed the world, according to Emerson?
(a) The world's priests.
(b) The world's kings.
(c) The world's geniuses.
(d) The world's teachers.

13. Which of the following things does Emerson NOT name in explaining what man is "one with"?
(a) Man.
(b) The animals.
(c) Light.
(d) Space.

14. 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 begin to realize their own value.
(c) When men begin using their reason.
(d) When men act with original views.

15. 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 friendship and companionship in uncomplicated sympathy.
(c) Impart to them will and self-sufficiency in course precision of reality.
(d) Impart to them strength and good will in simple sweetness.

Short Answer Questions

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

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. 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"?

5. What will we gladly do when we have "new perception"?

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