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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. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?
(a) Their minds are uninfluenced.
(b) Their minds are untrustworthy.
(c) Their minds are whole.
(d) Their minds are undeveloped.

2. What does Emerson say a man should learn to detect and watch?
(a) The actions of others.
(b) His true character.
(c) His own thoughts.
(d) His inner light.

3. What does Emerson say a man must know how to estimate in talking about society and nonconformity?
(a) The will of others.
(b) Whether others disagree.
(c) A sour face.
(d) Nonconformists.

4. Which words does Emerson want to have "gazetted and ridiculous henceforward"?
(a) Conformity and consistency.
(b) Mediocrity and contentment.
(c) Memory and reality.
(d) Society and philanthropy.

5. What does Emerson claim is the only thing that is sacred?
(a) The goodness of the world.
(b) Names and customs.
(c) The integrity of one's own mind.
(d) Tradition.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. "The voyage of the best ship is..."

3. What does Emerson say members are required to surrender in his comparison to joint-stock companies?

4. "...the man in the street, finding no worth in himself..." feels poor when he looks on what?

5. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Aside from the consequences faced within society, Emerson mentions in paragraph 12 one other factor that causes consistency. What is it?

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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."?

10. 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?

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