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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 book.
(c) His patron saint.
(d) His house.

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

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

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

5. What does Emerson say are "another sort of false prayer"?
(a) Our regrets.
(b) Imitation.
(c) Disunity.
(d) Our creeds.

6. Emerson says that another person of greater obedience can master him, although he does not do what?
(a) Speak a single word.
(b) Appeal to armies.
(c) Raise his finger.
(d) Openly challenge him.

7. Emerson says we should do what instead of sitting down to "cry for company" with others?
(a) Impart to them friendship and companionship in uncomplicated sympathy.
(b) Impart to them will and self-sufficiency in course precision of reality.
(c) Impart to them truth and health in rough electric shocks.
(d) Impart to them strength and good will in simple sweetness.

8. What do young men do if they fail in their first enterprises?
(a) Doubt themselves.
(b) Turn to society for help.
(c) Turn to God.
(d) Lose all heart.

9. Which system does Emerson accuse of fostering restlessness?
(a) Our system of religion.
(b) Our system of politics.
(c) Our system of travel.
(d) Our system of education.

10. What does God communicate when he speaks, according to Emerson?
(a) His will.
(b) The truth.
(c) All things.
(d) Pure light.

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

12. How does Emerson describe the relationship between the soul and the "divine spirit"?
(a) Strained.
(b) Loving.
(c) Harmonious.
(d) Pure.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson call "primary wisdom"?

2. What does Emerson claim must we do in order to see truly?

3. How does Emerson claim we give men the power to annoy us?

4. What does Emerson say are "but physiological colors which the eye makes"?

5. What kind of prayer does Emerson call "vicious"?

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