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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Emerson, what are heroes attended by?
(a) Their victories.
(b) An undying light.
(c) The worship of others.
(d) A visible escort of angels.

2. What does Emerson say "...is all that concerns..." him?
(a) My own thought.
(b) What I must do.
(c) My own charities.
(d) What I believe.

3. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?
(a) The work divine providence has allotted them.
(b) The ideas divine providence has instilled in them.
(c) The place divine providence has found for them.
(d) The feelings divine providence has instilled in them.

4. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?
(a) They become abstract.
(b) They grow faint and inaudible.
(c) They are affected by others.
(d) They become louder and more powerful.

5. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?
(a) The assurance of philanthropists.
(b) Consent to do good.
(c) The assurance of his fellows.
(d) Courage and charity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?

2. Which words does Emerson want to have "gazetted and ridiculous henceforward"?

3. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?

4. Who does Emerson make an example of when talking about living according to his recommendations?

5. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Emerson states in paragraph 3 that "We are now men." What does he insist that we must do?

2. What do you know about Ralph Waldo Emerson?

3. What does Emerson mean in paragraph 6 when he describes the voices we hear in solitude as "grown faint and inaudible as we enter into the world"?

4. At the beginning of paragraph 16, Emerson says that "of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem." Explain this quote.

5. Briefly explain Emerson's view on how we should handle our relationships with our families.

6. In paragraph 24, Emerson compares us to children. Explain this comparison.

7. At the beginning of paragraph 2, Emerson states: "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil." Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

8. What does Emerson say about technological advancement?

9. Explain Emerson's comparison of the white man to the New Zealander.

10. In paragraph 11, Emerson explains what consequences one faces within society for nonconformity. What are they?

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