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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 claim men believe about how they communicate their character?
(a) They believe that communicating virtuous actions makes up for their vice.
(b) They believe they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions.
(c) They believe they can communicate their virtue without their vice.
(d) They believe their virtue and vice emit a breath every moment.

2. How does Emerson say he wants his life to be?
(a) Peaceful and quiet.
(b) Glittering and philanthropic.
(c) Genuine and equal.
(d) Courageous and virtuous.

3. Where does Emerson say it is easy to live after the world's opinion?
(a) At home.
(b) In the world.
(c) In your community.
(d) Among friends.

4. What does Emerson say he will do if he is the Devil's child?
(a) He will live wholly.
(b) He will live from the Devil.
(c) He will find the doctrines of the church.
(d) He will try to find God.

5. What is Emerson suggesting with his mention of Joseph and his coat?
(a) That we flee from God and religion.
(b) That we abandon previous theories.
(c) That we abandon the need to conform.
(d) That we flee from contradiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Emerson referring to when he writes: "...seated at their heart, working through their hands..." in his description of those living according to his recommendations?

2. What does Emerson say he does not need in talking about virtuous action?

3. What is a hobgoblin?

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

5. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. Near the end of paragraph 19, Emerson says, "As great a stake depends on your private act to-day, as followed their public and renowned steps." What does he mean by this quote?

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

3. In paragraph 10, Emerson gives a long account of exactly why he objects to conformity. His objection relates to personal "force" and the perception of character. Can you explain this objection?

4. 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"?

5. 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?

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

8. What does Emerson mean in paragraph 17 when he says, "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."?

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

10. 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"?

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