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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 one should ask the "invaders" to do since "God is here within"?
(a) Finally be calm.
(b) Go for a walk.
(c) Take off their shoes.
(d) Stay away.

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

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

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

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

6. Who said "To the persevering mortal ... the blessed Immortals are swift"?
(a) Zoroaster.
(b) Bonduca.
(c) Caliph Ali.
(d) Fletcher.

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

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

9. Emerson claims that man "stands on tiptoe" to see what?
(a) The future.
(b) His own riches.
(c) The past.
(d) His blooming garden.

10. "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."

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

12. Emerson laments that strong intellects "dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of..." whom?
(a) David, or Jeremiah or Paul.
(b) Society at large.
(c) Luther, or Milton or Plato.
(d) Lukas, or Daniel or Isaiah.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Emerson describe the relationship between the soul and the "divine spirit"?

2. Which artist does Emerson say "will create a house in which all these will find themselves fitted"?

3. What does Emerson say goes with him everywhere he goes?

4. At what have men looked "so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned, and civil institutions as guards"?

5. Which system does Emerson accuse of fostering restlessness?

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