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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Emerson mentions something personal to him that makes "no reference" to the past and simply exists with God today. What is it?
(a) His roses.
(b) His patron saint.
(c) His house.
(d) His book.

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

3. What does Emerson say goes with him everywhere he goes?
(a) His suggestions.
(b) His guilt.
(c) His giant.
(d) His trunk.

4. 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.

5. "Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which..."?
(a) "...cannot speak the truth."
(b) "...cannot help itself."
(c) "...cannot help others."
(d) "...cannot display power."

6. In writing about strength, to whom does Emerson compare the American?
(a) The Algerian.
(b) The New Zealander.
(c) The Ecuadorian.
(d) The Viking.

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

8. Which of the following does Emerson NOT say "looks abroad" in talking about mimicking other countries?
(a) Our Religion.
(b) Our Passion.
(c) Our Education.
(d) Our Art.

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

10. What does Emerson say the man who is "really of their class" will be the founder of?
(a) His own tradition.
(b) A sect.
(c) His own nation.
(d) His family.

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

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

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

14. What do our first journeys reveal?
(a) The ruins of ruins.
(b) The indifference of places.
(c) The wonders of the world.
(d) A fool's paradise.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When does Emerson claim power ceases?

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

4. What does Emerson say the civilized man no longer know thanks to the Greenwich nautical almanac he has?

5. What is antinomianism ("The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is ... mere antinomianism")?

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