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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 a character is "like an acrostic"?
(a) Human character is ever-changing.
(b) No matter how you read it, it always spells the same thing.
(c) Trying to understand one's character can be fun.
(d) Human character is puzzling.

2. What does Emerson claim "statesmen and philosophers and divines" adore?
(a) Foolish contradiction.
(b) Foolish misunderstanding.
(c) Foolish consistency.
(d) Foolish magnanimity.

3. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?
(a) Our religious duty.
(b) Our need to please others.
(c) Our fear of God.
(d) Our need to be the same as others.

4. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?
(a) Our own will alone.
(b) The will of others.
(c) A low usurping willfulness.
(d) A most disagreeable sensation.

5. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?
(a) Art is a matter of personal taste.
(b) There are few true geniuses in the world.
(c) Obey your spontaneous impression.
(d) Truly great works of art inspire everyone.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Emerson say adults feel in looking into the faces of children?

2. What does Emerson claim most men have attached themselves to?

3. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?

4. What does Emerson say " all that concerns..." him?

5. What does Emerson say a man speaking his opinions would do to other men?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emerson mean when he states in paragraph 15: "No man can violate his nature. All the sallies of his will are rounded in by the law of his being."?

2. In paragraph 14, Emerson explains the relationship between being misunderstood and greatness. Explain this relationship.

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

4. In paragraph 36, Emerson talks about real and false prayer. Describe the difference.

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

6. What does Emerson mean in paragraph 6 when he describes the voices we hear in solitude as "grown faint and inaudible as we enter into the world"?

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

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

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