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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 say Joseph does with his coat?
(a) Leaves it "under the cloak of night."
(b) Leaves it behind "like an empty husk."
(c) Leaves it "in the hand of the harlot."
(d) Leaves it "among the darkest enemy."

2. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?
(a) We are unsure of ourselves.
(b) We understand the work required.
(c) We understand the opposition.
(d) We are unsure of what others will think.

3. What does Emerson say he can anticipate if he knows your sect?
(a) Your argument.
(b) Your beliefs.
(c) Your heart.
(d) Your thoughts.

4. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?
(a) Evil and Chaos.
(b) Chaos and the Dark.
(c) Evil and the Dark.
(d) Chaos and the Devil.

5. What does Emerson think about being misunderstood?
(a) It's the greatest risk in a great man's life.
(b) It's inevitable.
(c) It's not as bad as people say.
(d) It's a compliment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson insist men carry themselves in the presence of?

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

3. What reason does Emerson give for good deeds?

4. What is "Himmaleh"?

5. What does Emerson say members are trying to secure in his comparison to joint-stock companies?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. In paragraph 27, Emerson claims that "Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself." State briefly whether you agree or disagree and support your point with a couple of examples.

7. After giving his example of "boys who are sure of a dinner" in paragraph 5, Emerson laments that adults cannot return to this neutrality. He explains what he believes would happen if we could. What does he believe would happen?

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

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

10. 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."?

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