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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 think about being misunderstood?
(a) It's inevitable.
(b) It's not as bad as people say.
(c) It's a compliment.
(d) It's the greatest risk in a great man's life.

2. Who does Emerson make an example of when talking about living according to his recommendations?
(a) True geniuses.
(b) Great men.
(c) Minors and invalids.
(d) Great artists.

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

4. What does Emerson say a man should learn to detect and watch?
(a) The actions of others.
(b) His own thoughts.
(c) His true character.
(d) His inner light.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Emerson say causes a man to come to the conviction that "...envy is ignorance"?

5. What does Emerson say a great soul may as well concern himself with as with consistency?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

6. Explain Emerson's comparison of the white man to the New Zealander.

7. Explain Emerson's problem with "the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country" as detailed in paragraph 22.

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. Why does Emerson hold Moses, Plato and Milton in such high regard?

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