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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. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?
(a) The Reformation.
(b) Monachism.
(c) Abolition.
(d) The Mongolian Empire.

2. What does Emerson say about the occurrence of virtues?
(a) Society helps sustain virtue.
(b) They are the exception rather than the rule.
(c) Virtue comes through action.

(d) Men are virtuous by nature.

3. Who does Emerson say the youth speaks forcefully to?
(a) Seniors.
(b) Their contemporaries.
(c) Children.
(d) Women.

4. What is "Himmaleh"?
(a) The Himalayan mountain range.
(b) An imaginary creature.
(c) A great ship.
(d) A place like heaven.

5. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?
(a) You shall reinforce yourself.
(b) You shall become refined in character.
(c) You shall gain strength against your opposition.
(d) You shall reap what you sow.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?

2. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has done his best?

3. What does Emerson say a man must know how to estimate in talking about society and nonconformity?

4. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?

5. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has said or done something not according to his own will?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Alfred, Scanderbeg and Gustavus, referred to in paragraph 19?

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

3. What is Emerson's stance on philanthropy and charity?

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

5. Explain Emerson's example of "boys who are sure of a dinner" from paragraph 5.

6. What does Emerson mean when he says (in paragraph 10), "Nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere. We come to wear one cut of face and figure"?

7. Emerson describes insightfully in paragraph 9 when it is easy to live according to his philosophy and when it is difficult. Explain this insight.

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

9. In paragraph 33, Emerson says, "We are become timorous, desponding whimperers." Explain what he means by this.

10. Why does Emerson say in paragraph 26 that the world hates the fact that the soul becomes?

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