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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. Emerson explains in his essay exactly what it is that "scares us from self-trust." What is it?
(a) Our need to please others.
(b) Our need to be the same as others.
(c) Our religious duty.
(d) Our fear of God.

2. What are "sallies" of will?
(a) Ventures outside of the norm.
(b) Role models.
(c) Motivating factors.
(d) Demonstrations.

3. To which "iron string" does Emerson say every heart vibrates?
(a) Live thy will.
(b) Represent thyself.
(c) Trust thyself.
(d) Never give up.

4. What is an institution the lengthened shadow of?
(a) All great men.
(b) A great character.
(c) A series of geniuses.
(d) One man.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson not recommend dragging about in his discussion of past acts?

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

3. According to Emerson, what are heroes attended by?

4. What is Emerson referring to when he states: "It will be found symmetrical" in talking about consistency vs. contradiction?

5. Which of the following figures does Emerson not mention as being an example of speaking one's mind?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do you think Emerson claims, in talking about some verses he had read, that "The sentiment they instill is of more value than any thought they may contain."?

3. 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?

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

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

7. In paragraph 4, Emerson claims that nature has given us something specific to remind us of nonconformity. What is it? Explain.

8. 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?

9. Emerson explains in paragraph 8 why he believes men "do what is called a good action." Describe his opinion on this subject.

10. Explain Emerson's theory on the importance of kings for the world as stated in paragraph 20.

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