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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. Which of the following figures does Emerson not mention as being an example of speaking one's mind?
(a) Plato.
(b) Moses.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Milton.

2. Who does Emerson say the youth speaks forcefully to?
(a) Children.
(b) Their contemporaries.
(c) Seniors.
(d) Women.

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

4. What does Emerson say no man can violate?
(a) The laws of nature.
(b) The laws of God.
(c) The laws of society.
(d) His nature.

5. What is "Himmaleh"?
(a) A great ship.
(b) An imaginary creature.
(c) The Himalayan mountain range.
(d) A place like heaven.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?

2. How does Emerson say a man feels when he has done his best?

3. What does Emerson say the muscles are moved by in his discussion of company?

4. What does Emerson say a man should learn to detect and watch?

5. "The voyage of the best ship is..."

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of paragraph 2, Emerson states: "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil." Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

2. In paragraph 6, Emerson compares society to a joint-stock company. Explain this comparison.

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

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

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

6. In paragraph 36, Emerson talks about real and false prayer. Describe the difference.

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

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

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

10. In paragraph 21, Emerson begins an explanation of the "reason of self-trust." Explain very briefly the question he is asking and the answer he finds.

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