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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. Where does Emerson say it is easy to live after the world's opinion?
(a) Among friends.
(b) In your community.
(c) In the world.
(d) At home.

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

3. What reason does Emerson give for good deeds?
(a) Some men do good deeds as a spectacle for others.
(b) Some men do good deeds because it is their intrinsic duty.
(c) Some men do good deeds to quiet their conscience.
(d) Some men do good deeds when they are of decent character.

4. 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 nature of one's beliefs.
(c) The precise tone of one's character.
(d) The precise man one is.

5. How does Emerson say he knows it makes no difference whether he does or forbears "...those actions which are reckoned excellent"?
(a) He knows for himself.
(b) Society at large gave him the answer.
(c) God told him.
(d) His experience told him.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Emerson say the youth speaks forcefully to?

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

4. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. 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"?

3. In paragraph 22, Emerson explains God's way of communicating. Give a brief explanation of his theory.

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

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

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

7. In paragraph 38, Emerson explains the relationship between education and self-reliance. Describe this relationship.

8. At the end of paragraph 36, Emerson relates the story of Caratach in Fletcher's "Bonduca," who is "admonished to inquire the mind of the god Audate." In your own words, describe Caratach's response.

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

10. 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?

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