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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. Who does Emerson say babies conform to?
(a) Everybody.
(b) The world at large.
(c) Nobody.
(d) Their parents.

2. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?
(a) Our own will alone.
(b) A most disagreeable sensation.
(c) A low usurping willfulness.
(d) The will of others.

3. What does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?
(a) The actions of children.
(b) The face and behavior of children.
(c) The character of children.
(d) The hearts of children.

4. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?
(a) The work divine providence has allotted them.
(b) The place divine providence has found for them.
(c) The ideas divine providence has instilled in them.
(d) The feelings divine providence has instilled in them.

5. What is a hobgoblin?
(a) A misinterpretation.
(b) An imaginary creature.
(c) An apparent danger.
(d) A superficial object.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Emerson say is the lesson great works of art teach us?

3. What does Emerson say boys don't worry about?

4. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?

5. What does Emerson say tendency does to variety of actions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Emerson mean in saying, "Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned to you."?

3. Explain the quote "Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events" from paragraph 3.

4. Emerson describes insightfully in paragraph 9 when it is easy to live according to his philosophy and when it is difficult. Explain this insight.

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

6. 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?

7. What does Emerson say about technological advancement?

8. What does Emerson mean when he states in paragraph 15: "No man can violate his nature. All the sallies of his will are rounded in by the law of his being."?

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

10. What does Emerson say about sympathy in paragraph 37?

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