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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 is Emerson referring to when he states: "It will be found symmetrical" in talking about consistency vs. contradiction?
(a) A good character is always the same on the outside as on the inside.
(b) A man's character reflects the society he lives in.
(c) Every man's character reflects his own life.
(d) Emerson's own thoughts reflect his life.

2. What reason does Emerson give for good deeds?
(a) Some men do good deeds because it is their intrinsic duty.
(b) Some men do good deeds to quiet their conscience.
(c) Some men do good deeds as a spectacle for others.
(d) Some men do good deeds when they are of decent character.

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

4. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?
(a) You shall gain strength against your opposition.
(b) You shall reinforce yourself.
(c) You shall become refined in character.
(d) You shall reap what you sow.

5. What are "sallies" of will?
(a) Role models.
(b) Ventures outside of the norm.
(c) Motivating factors.
(d) Demonstrations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say he has difficulty detecting when people "maintain a dead church"?

2. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has said or done something not according to his own will?

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

4. What claim does Emerson make about the force of character?

5. What does Emerson mean by the word "meanness" when he writes: "This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Emerson hold Moses, Plato and Milton in such high regard?

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

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

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

7. Explain Emerson's comparison of the white man to the New Zealander.

8. 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?

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

10. What does Emerson say about strength in numbers?

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