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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Emerson claims that there are "two confessionals, in one or the other of which we must be shriven." What are the confessionals he is referring to?
(a) God and others.
(b) God and the Church.
(c) God and the self.
(d) Others and the self.

7. Who instructed the world, according to Emerson?
(a) The world's geniuses.
(b) The world's kings.
(c) The world's teachers.
(d) The world's priests.

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

9. When does Emerson claim power ceases?
(a) When life has ceased.
(b) When we fail to use it.
(c) As soon as one rests.
(d) As soon as one gives power to others.

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

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

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

13. What is antinomianism ("The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is ... mere antinomianism")?
(a) Rejection of manners.
(b) Rejection of society.
(c) Spite.
(d) Nihilism.

14. What does Emerson say one shouldn't travel in hope of?
(a) "Finding Thebes and Palmyra."
(b) "Finding somewhat greater than [one] knows."
(c) "Escaping the difficult decisions ahead."
(d) "Leaving all the past behind."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following examples does Emerson NOT name in conjunction with the attribute of the Supreme Cause?

2. Emerson states, "The way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new." What does he mean?

3. In the state of having "life in yourself" that Emerson describes, what does he claim is of no account?

4. 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"?

5. What is the attribute of the Supreme Cause according to Emerson?

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