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

2. Which of the following did Emerson NOT say by name is misunderstood?
(a) Plato
(b) Luther
(c) Socrates
(d) Jesus

3. What is Emerson describing when he states: "In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity: yet when the devout motions of the soul come ... they should clothe God with shape and color"?
(a) You must be wary of religious emotion.
(b) We can never truly know what God is like.
(c) It is acceptable to change one's mind.
(d) Your own ideas of God are unimportant.

4. Why does Emerson say that it is difficult to live his rule?
(a) Because you will always have to worry about what other people think
(b) Because you will always find people who know your duty better than you.
(c) Because you will never find friends.
(d) Because you will always find people who know your character better than you.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what does Emerson say we will be advancing if we live as "guides, redeemers and benefactors"?

2. Which words does Emerson want to have "gazetted and ridiculous henceforward"?

3. What does Emerson say members are trying to secure in his comparison to joint-stock companies?

4. What does conformity explain?

5. How does Emerson say it is easy to live after your own opinion?

Short Essay Questions

1. In paragraph 11, Emerson explains what consequences one faces within society for nonconformity. What are they?

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

3. Why do other members of society "need" us to be consistent according to Emerson in paragraph 12?

4. What is Emerson's stance on philanthropy and charity?

5. 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."?

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. What does Emerson say in paragraph 29 about others having the power to annoy us?

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