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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Emerson mean in saying that there "will be power not confident but agent" when the soul is present?
(a) We do not hope for power, we have power.
(b) Our power is not prideful.
(c) Our power lives.
(d) We do not confide our power to others.

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

7. What "plays us false" in history?
(a) Our kings.
(b) Our ceremonies.
(c) Our imaginations.
(d) Our memories.

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

9. What is the attribute of the Supreme Cause according to Emerson?
(a) Self-existence.
(b) Absolute truth.
(c) Absolute justice.
(d) Self-reliance.

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

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

12. What does Emerson recommend we do in our relationships with our family?
(a) Ask them for help in building our self-reliance.
(b) Help them build their own self-reliance.
(c) Stop living according to their expectations.
(d) Accept them for who they are.

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

14. How does Emerson claim we give men the power to annoy us?
(a) Through our curiosity.
(b) Through our friendliness.
(c) Through our weakness.
(d) Through our dependence.

15. What does Emerson say conspires against "the sanity and authority of the soul"?
(a) Worship.
(b) Our mind.
(c) Time.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Emerson say are "but physiological colors which the eye makes"?

3. What does Emerson call history a parable of?

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

5. How does Emerson describe perception?

(see the answer keys)

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