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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 cannot be understood.
(c) It remains unsaid.
(d) It shall remain a mystery.

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

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

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

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

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

8. According to Emerson, what is the same to both "kingdom and lordship" and "John and Edward"?
(a) The importance of character.
(b) The things of life.
(c) The force of power.
(d) The value of a palace.

9. What does Emerson say will explain "the magnetism which all original action exerts"?
(a) The right of every man.
(b) The force of character.
(c) The power of will.
(d) The reason of self-trust.

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

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

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

13. What does Emerson claim society never does?
(a) Advances.
(b) Compares.
(c) Regrets.
(d) Looks back.

14. Emerson states that we are "like children" who do what?
(a) "Postpone that which inevitably must come."
(b) "Do not yet understand the truth we witness."
(c) "Repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors."
(d) "Are perfect at every moment."

15. According to Emerson, Galileo did more with what than anyone since?
(a) An opera-glass.
(b) A telescope.
(c) A thermometer.
(d) A map of the stars.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do our first journeys reveal?

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

3. What does Emerson NOT say is a good reason to travel?

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

5. Emerson says we should do what instead of sitting down to "cry for company" with others?

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