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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 does Emerson call "...pretty oracles nature yields us..." when talking about examples of trusting oneself?
(a) The face and behavior of children.
(b) The actions of children.
(c) The hearts of children.
(d) The character of children.

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

3. What are boys sure of in Emerson's example of how boys speak their mind?
(a) Their friends.
(b) Their dinner.
(c) Themselves.
(d) Their parents.

4. Besides children, who does Emerson say God has armed with "piquancy and charm"?
(a) Women.
(b) Infants.
(c) The youth.
(d) Invalids.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?

2. What does "Ne te quaesiveris extra" mean?

3. What does Emerson say is a conspiracy against manhood?

4. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In paragraph 14, Emerson explains the relationship between being misunderstood and greatness. Explain this relationship.

3. What does Emerson say happens when a young man fails at his first endeavors? Describe what happens and what Emerson recommends.

4. 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?

5. Who are Alfred, Scanderbeg and Gustavus, referred to in paragraph 19?

6. In paragraph 27, Emerson claims that "Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself." State briefly whether you agree or disagree and support your point with a couple of examples.

7. 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?

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

9. 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.

10. 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?

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