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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What kind of prayer does Emerson call "vicious"?
(a) Prayer that appeals thoughtlessly to God.
(b) Dishonest prayer.
(c) Prayer that craves a particular commodity.
(d) Disheartened prayer.

8. How does Emerson describe the relationship between the soul and the "divine spirit"?
(a) Harmonious.
(b) Pure.
(c) Strained.
(d) Loving.

9. In the final sentence of "Self-Reliance," Emerson writes: "Nothing can bring you peace but" what?
(a) "The triumph of your character."
(b) "Yourself."
(c) "Your own will."
(d) "The triumph of principles."

10. What does Emerson say it requires to "cast off the common motives of humanity"?
(a) Something godlike.
(b) Something fierce.
(c) Something ingenious.
(d) Something warlike.

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

12. 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 politics.
(c) In organizations.
(d) In offices.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which virtue is paid to kings, nobles and great proprietors?

2. In which hours does Emerson say "We feel that duty is our place"?

3. What does Emerson mean in saying that there "will be power not confident but agent" when the soul is present?

4. What does Emerson say one shouldn't travel in hope of?

5. What does Emerson say he likes "better than any preaching"?

(see the answer keys)

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