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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 claim does Emerson make about the force of character?
(a) It is cumulative.
(b) It is unbreakable.
(c) It is what differentiates great men from all others.
(d) It is the only genuine path.

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 true feelings.
(d) The writer's character.

3. According to Emerson, what are heroes attended by?
(a) Their victories.
(b) A visible escort of angels.
(c) An undying light.
(d) The worship of others.

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

5. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?
(a) Self-reliance.
(b) Conformity.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Formidability.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Emerson say a character is "like an acrostic"?

2. What does Emerson say a man must know how to estimate in talking about society and nonconformity?

3. What does Emerson say Joseph does with his coat?

4. What is it that we put on in company according to Emerson?

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. What does Emerson say man no longer dares to do at the beginning of paragraph 23?

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

3. In paragraph 13, Emerson says it "seems to be a rule of wisdom never to rely on your memory alone ... but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand-eyed present." What does he mean by the phrase "thousand-eyed present"?

4. 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?

5. Why do other members of society "need" us to be consistent according to Emerson in paragraph 12?

6. What does Emerson say about strength in numbers?

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

8. At the end of paragraph 36, Emerson relates the story of Caratach in Fletcher's "Bonduca," who is "admonished to inquire the mind of the god Audate." In your own words, describe Caratach's response.

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

10. 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"?

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