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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson claim must we do in order to see truly?
(a) Work truly.
(b) Live truly.
(c) Worship truly.
(d) Be truly.

2. 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 the Church.
(b) God and the self.
(c) Others and the self.
(d) God and others.

3. 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.

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

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

6. What does Emerson claim has happened to "the highest truth on this subject" in referencing the point of the essay overall?
(a) It cannot prevail.
(b) It shall remain a mystery.
(c) It cannot be understood.
(d) It remains unsaid.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What does Emerson say conspires against "the sanity and authority of the soul"?
(a) Religion.
(b) Time.
(c) Our mind.
(d) Worship.

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

14. What does Emerson say you can "present every moment"?
(a) Your will.
(b) Yourself.
(c) Your own gift.
(d) Your art.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What "plays us false" in history?

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

3. Emerson laments that strong intellects "dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of..." whom?

4. How does Emerson describe perception?

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

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