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

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

3. What does Emerson say "...is all that concerns..." him?
(a) My own thought.
(b) What I believe.
(c) My own charities.
(d) What I must do.

4. What does Emerson mean when he writes: "...yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color"?
(a) You should give up your life for those that give form to God.
(b) Encourage the artists that paint the likeness of God.
(c) You will find that God has an actual form.
(d) God will take on form even if you never believed in a deity.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. To which "iron string" does Emerson say every heart vibrates?

2. What does Emerson claim is the virtue "in most request"?

3. What is an institution the lengthened shadow of?

4. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?

5. "...the man in the street, finding no worth in himself..." feels poor when he looks on what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Emerson feel about travel? Explain why.

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

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

4. What is the "ONE" Emerson is referring to when he writes: "The resolution of all into the ever-blessed ONE" at the beginning of paragraph 27?

5. What does Emerson say in paragraph 29 about others having the power to annoy us?

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

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

8. What does Emerson mean when he says (in paragraph 10), "Nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere. We come to wear one cut of face and figure"?

9. What does Emerson say about technological advancement?

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

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