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

2. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?
(a) A true princess.
(b) A true prince.
(c) A welcoming home.
(d) A respectful community.

3. What does Emerson say he has difficulty detecting when people "maintain a dead church"?
(a) The precise source of one's conviction.
(b) The precise man one is.
(c) The precise nature of one's beliefs.
(d) The precise tone of one's character.

4. "The voyage of the best ship is..."
(a) A course of a hundred decisions.
(b) A steady flowing path.
(c) A zigzag line.
(d) A journey to a faraway land.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?

2. What kind of expression does Emerson say that we begin to acquire with conformity?

3. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?

4. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has said or done something not according to his own will?

5. What word does Emerson use to describe people who live their own opinion "in the midst of the crowd"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the beginning of paragraph 16, Emerson says that "of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem." Explain this quote.

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

4. What do you know about Ralph Waldo Emerson?

5. 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?

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

7. At the beginning of paragraph 9, Emerson states: "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule ... may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness." What does he mean by that?

8. In paragraph 24, Emerson compares us to children. Explain this comparison.

9. 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"?

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

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