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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of prayer does Emerson call "vicious"?
(a) Prayer that craves a particular commodity.
(b) Dishonest prayer.
(c) Prayer that appeals thoughtlessly to God.
(d) Disheartened prayer.

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

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

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

5. What does Emerson mean in saying that there "will be power not confident but agent" when the soul is present?
(a) Our power is not prideful.
(b) We do not hope for power, we have power.
(c) We do not confide our power to others.
(d) Our power lives.

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

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

8. Who does Emerson say has chosen "our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion"?
(a) God.
(b) Ourselves.
(c) Our families.
(d) Society.

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

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

11. Which emotions does Emerson say are beneath the state of having "life in yourself"?
(a) Fear and hope.
(b) Fear and gratitude.
(c) Hope and joy.
(d) Fear and revenge.

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

13. What does Emerson claim we have become, in stating that man will see that we need his ethics?
(a) Dejected complainers.
(b) Hopeless whiners.
(c) Passive snivelers.
(d) Desponding whimperers.

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

15. What does Emerson say are "but physiological colors which the eye makes"?
(a) Time and space.
(b) Light and dark.
(c) Reality and perception.
(d) Belief and wisdom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has the world been taught by "this colossal symbol," the world's instructors?

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

3. What does Emerson claim has happened to "the highest truth on this subject" in referencing the point of the essay overall?

4. What will we gladly do when we have "new perception"?

5. What is a man worth that "tries all the professions"?

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