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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 it requires to "cast off the common motives of humanity"?
(a) Something warlike.
(b) Something ingenious.
(c) Something godlike.
(d) Something fierce.

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

3. Emerson mentions something personal to him that makes "no reference" to the past and simply exists with God today. What is it?
(a) His house.
(b) His roses.
(c) His book.
(d) His patron saint.

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

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

6. Which faith does Emerson NOT mention as an example of "creeds and churches"?
(a) Lutheranism.
(b) Quakerism.
(c) Swedenborgism.
(d) Calvinism.

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

8. 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) David, or Jeremiah or Paul.
(d) Society at large.

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

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

11. How does Emerson claim we give men the power to annoy us?
(a) Through our dependence.
(b) Through our friendliness.
(c) Through our weakness.
(d) Through our curiosity.

12. Emerson explains what underlies the present and life and death. What is it?
(a) The pure love of God.
(b) That which I think and feel.
(c) Vision and understanding.
(d) Nature in all its glory.

13. In which hours does Emerson say "We feel that duty is our place"?
(a) In prudent hours.
(b) In honest hours.
(c) In manly hours.
(d) In self-reliant hours.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Emerson say a cultivated man feels about his property?

2. What does Emerson say conspires against "the sanity and authority of the soul"?

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

4. Emerson claims that man "stands on tiptoe" to see what?

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

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