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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. What does Emerson not recommend dragging about in his discussion of past acts?
(a) The carcass of your consistency.
(b) The deadweight of contradiction.
(c) The burden of the public.
(d) The corpse of your memory.

2. Emerson says boys try and sentence people and facts based on what?
(a) Their own mind.
(b) Their intuition.
(c) Their characters.
(d) Their merits.

3. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?
(a) Nonconformist.
(b) Self-reliant.
(c) Fearless.
(d) Genuine.

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

5. What claim does Emerson make about the force of character?
(a) It is the only genuine path.
(b) It is cumulative.
(c) It is unbreakable.
(d) It is what differentiates great men from all others.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?

2. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?

3. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?

4. What does Emerson say Joseph does with his coat?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emerson say man no longer dares to do at the beginning of paragraph 23?

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

3. Explain which characteristics Emerson says, in paragraph 11, that a person must be equipped with in order to withstand the consequences of nonconformity.

4. In paragraph 10, Emerson gives a long account of exactly why he objects to conformity. His objection relates to personal "force" and the perception of character. Can you explain this objection?

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

6. Explain Emerson's theory on the importance of kings for the world as stated in paragraph 20.

7. Near the end of paragraph 19, Emerson says, "As great a stake depends on your private act to-day, as followed their public and renowned steps." What does he mean by this quote?

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

9. In paragraph 14, Emerson portrays the relationship between consistency and being misunderstood. Explain this relationship.

10. Explain the quote "Inasmuch as the soul is present, there will be power not confident but agent" from paragraph 26.

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