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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 is Emerson describing when he states: "In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity: yet when the devout motions of the soul come ... they should clothe God with shape and color"?
(a) Your own ideas of God are unimportant.
(b) It is acceptable to change one's mind.
(c) You must be wary of religious emotion.
(d) We can never truly know what God is like.

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

3. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?
(a) Our own preestablished harmony.
(b) The power that resides in us.
(c) The divine idea each of us represents.
(d) The character that makes an impression on us.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Emerson suggesting with his mention of Joseph and his coat?

2. What does Emerson say causes a man to come to the conviction that "...envy is ignorance"?

3. What does Emerson say is a conspiracy against manhood?

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

5. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In paragraph 22, Emerson explains God's way of communicating. Give a brief explanation of his theory.

3. Explain which characteristics Emerson says, in paragraph 11, that a person must be equipped with in order to withstand the consequences of nonconformity.

4. In paragraph 33, Emerson says, "We are become timorous, desponding whimperers." Explain what he means by this.

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

6. 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?

7. 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"?

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

9. In paragraph 14, Emerson portrays the relationship between consistency and being misunderstood. Explain this relationship.

10. What does Emerson say about property?

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