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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. Besides children, who does Emerson say God has armed with "piquancy and charm"?
(a) Women.
(b) Infants.
(c) The youth.
(d) Invalids.

2. What are boys sure of in Emerson's example of how boys speak their mind?
(a) Their friends.
(b) Their dinner.
(c) Their parents.
(d) Themselves.

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

4. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?
(a) A respectful community.
(b) A true princess.
(c) A true prince.
(d) A welcoming home.

5. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?
(a) We must live according to our conscience.
(b) We are now men.
(c) We are old enough.
(d) Society demands this of us.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Emerson say is a conspiracy against manhood?

3. What does genuine action explain?

4. What does Emerson say he can anticipate if he knows your sect?

5. What does Emerson say the world will do to you for nonconformity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do other members of society "need" us to be consistent according to Emerson in paragraph 12?

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

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

4. Explain the opening quote to Emerson's essay, "Ne te quaesiveris extra" and why he uses it.

5. Emerson makes an important point about who or what one will see along the way "in the hour of vision" in paragraph 25. What does he say?

6. Why do you think Emerson claims, in talking about some verses he had read, that "The sentiment they instill is of more value than any thought they may contain."?

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

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

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

10. Emerson explains in paragraph 8 why he believes men "do what is called a good action." Describe his opinion on this subject.

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