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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whom does Emerson say we should awaken when entering "into the state of war"?
(a) Zeus and Hera.
(b) Mars and Jupiter.
(c) Thor and Woden.
(d) Camulus and Cocidius.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Emerson call "primary wisdom"?
(a) Intuition.
(b) A sense of being.
(c) The fundamental essence of one's own character.
(d) Spontaneity.

11. Who said "To the persevering mortal ... the blessed Immortals are swift"?
(a) Zoroaster.
(b) Fletcher.
(c) Caliph Ali.
(d) Bonduca.

12. "The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost" what?
(a) A road to go by.
(b) The use of his feet.
(c) The use of his horses.
(d) His will to travel.

13. Which of the following does Emerson NOT use as an example of self-sufficiency?
(a) A child growing up to be a man.
(b) A tree recovering from a storm.
(c) A rose blooming after a storm.
(d) The creation of a planet.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Emerson compares society to what in saying "(it) moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not"?

2. "Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which..."?

3. What does Emerson call history a parable of?

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

5. Emerson mentions something personal to him that makes "no reference" to the past and simply exists with God today. What is it?

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