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

2. 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?
(a) God.
(b) The absolute trustworthy.
(c) The best of intentions.
(d) That which is right.

3. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?
(a) The Mongolian Empire.
(b) The Reformation.
(c) Monachism.
(d) Abolition.

4. Why does Emerson say we distrust our sentiment?
(a) We are unsure of what others will think.
(b) We understand the opposition.
(c) We understand the work required.
(d) We are unsure of ourselves.

5. How does Emerson say it is easy to live after your own opinion?
(a) Among friends.
(b) In solitude.
(c) When your contemporaries agree with you.
(d) In your community.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson give as his reason for insisting that we "...must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny..."?

2. What does Emerson say he will do if he is the Devil's child?

3. What does conformity explain?

4. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?

5. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. 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"?

5. What do you know about Ralph Waldo Emerson?

6. In paragraph 7, Emerson writes: "If I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." What point is he trying to make with this provocative claim?

7. 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."?

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

9. What does Emerson say about involuntary perception (paragraph 21)?

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

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