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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 burden of the public.
(b) The carcass of your consistency.
(c) The deadweight of contradiction.
(d) The corpse of your memory.

2. What does Emerson say is most important about verses like the ones he mentions at the beginning of the first paragraph?
(a) The sentiment they instill.
(b) The thoughts they contain.
(c) The writer's character.
(d) The writer's true feelings.

3. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?
(a) Luther
(b) Socrates
(c) Plato
(d) Jesus

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

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 old enough.
(c) Society demands this of us.
(d) We are now men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Emerson suggesting with his mention of Joseph and his coat?

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

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

4. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?

5. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emerson say about technological advancement?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain the quote "Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events" from paragraph 3.

10. What does Emerson mean in paragraph 17 when he says, "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."?

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