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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. Which artist does Emerson say "will create a house in which all these will find themselves fitted"?
(a) Phidias.
(b) The self-reliant artist.
(c) Dante.
(d) The American artist.

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

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

7. Which of the following does Emerson NOT list in the aspects of life in which "It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution"?
(a) Education.
(b) Property.
(c) Modes of living.
(d) Prayer.

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

9. Which of the following examples does Emerson NOT name in conjunction with the attribute of the Supreme Cause?
(a) Farming.
(b) Commerce.
(c) Whaling.
(d) Eloquence.

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

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

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

13. At what have men looked "so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned, and civil institutions as guards"?
(a) The cross.
(b) Things.
(c) Institutions.
(d) Themselves.

14. Which virtue is paid to kings, nobles and great proprietors?
(a) Loyalty.
(b) Gratitude.
(c) Servitude.
(d) Homage.

15. At which point is a person willing to "let the words go"?
(a) When he or she understands them.
(b) When he or she becomes self-reliant.
(c) When he or she no longer needs them.
(d) When he or she realizes that they are useless.

Short Answer Questions

1. Emerson explains what underlies the present and life and death. What is it?

2. Who instructed the world, according to Emerson?

3. What does Emerson claim we have become, in stating that man will see that we need his ethics?

4. Emerson says that another person of greater obedience can master him, although he does not do what?

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

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