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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 do others use to "compute our orbit"?
(a) Our past acts.
(b) Our countenance.
(c) Our self-trust.
(d) Our consistency.

2. Which story does Emerson tell to get his point across about self-perception?
(a) That of a poor man taken to a duke's house and told he is the duke.
(b) That of a duke who leaves his riches behind to become a poor man.
(c) That of a duke taken to a poor man's house and told he is a poor man.
(d) That of a poor man who trusts himself enough to become a duke.

3. How does Emerson say adults feel in looking into the faces of children?
(a) Hopeful.
(b) Powerful.
(c) Disconcerted.
(d) Conquered.

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

5. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?
(a) The character that makes an impression on us.
(b) Our own preestablished harmony.
(c) The power that resides in us.
(d) The divine idea each of us represents.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Emerson say he wants his life to be?

2. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?

3. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?

4. What does Emerson say members are trying to secure in his comparison to joint-stock companies?

5. What rule of wisdom does Emerson seem to find in his discussion of society's views of past acts?

Short Essay Questions

1. In paragraph 21, Emerson begins an explanation of the "reason of self-trust." Explain very briefly the question he is asking and the answer he finds.

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

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

4. Explain Emerson's comparison in paragraph 15 of a character to an acrostic.

5. 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"?

6. Explain Emerson's problem with "the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country" as detailed in paragraph 22.

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

8. What does Emerson say happens when a young man fails at his first endeavors? Describe what happens and what Emerson recommends.

9. In paragraph 38, Emerson explains the relationship between education and self-reliance. Describe this relationship.

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

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