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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. "...the man in the street, finding no worth in himself..." feels poor when he looks on what?
(a) The palaces of the rich.
(b) Towers and sculptured marble gods.
(c) The possessions of others.
(d) Books containing the writings of geniuses.

2. What does Emerson say boys don't worry about?
(a) Being genuine.
(b) What others think.
(c) Consequences.
(d) Their consciousness.

3. What does Emerson claim "statesmen and philosophers and divines" adore?
(a) Foolish magnanimity.
(b) Foolish misunderstanding.
(c) Foolish consistency.
(d) Foolish contradiction.

4. 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) That which is right.
(c) The best of intentions.
(d) The absolute trustworthy.

5. What does Emerson insist a man must be in order to really be a man?
(a) Fearless.
(b) Self-reliant.
(c) Genuine.
(d) Nonconformist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say the world will do to you for nonconformity?

2. What does Emerson say happens to the "voices which we hear in solitude" as we enter into the world?

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

4. What does Emerson say conformity does in his objection to it?

5. What does genuine action explain?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Explain what Emerson is referring to in saying, in paragraph 13, "Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee."

3. 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?

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

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

6. What does Emerson say about technological advancement?

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 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."?

9. Explain the quote "Inasmuch as the soul is present, there will be power not confident but agent" from paragraph 26.

10. How does Emerson feel about travel? Explain why.

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