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

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

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

4. 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) Luther, or Milton or Plato.
(c) Society at large.
(d) David, or Jeremiah or Paul.

5. How does Emerson measure the degree to which a thing is real?
(a) By the degree of power it exhibits.
(b) By the degree of trust it has in the Supreme Cause.
(c) By the measure of virtue it contains.
(d) By the measure of life it contains within it.

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

7. According to Emerson, when will man finally be happy?
(a) When he lives in harmony with nature, above all.
(b) When he lives in harmony with his character, beyond blame.
(c) When he lives with a reverted eye, beyond the past.
(d) When he lives with nature in the present, above time.

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

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

10. What does Emerson call history a parable of?
(a) Time and space.
(b) Phraseology in another country.
(c) My being and becoming.
(d) Right and wrong.

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

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

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

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

15. What does Emerson claim must we do in order to see truly?
(a) Worship truly.
(b) Be truly.
(c) Live truly.
(d) Work truly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a man worth that "tries all the professions"?

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

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

4. Which of the following does Emerson NOT use as an example of self-sufficiency?

5. What has the world been taught by "this colossal symbol," the world's instructors?

(see the answer keys)

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