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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the state of having "life in yourself" that Emerson describes, what does he claim is of no account?
(a) A man's own personal interest.
(b) This world's many riches.
(c) The will and wanting of others.
(d) Vast spaces of nature and long intervals of time.

2. Which of the following does Emerson NOT use as an example of self-sufficiency?
(a) A tree recovering from a storm.
(b) The creation of a planet.
(c) A child growing up to be a man.
(d) A rose blooming after a storm.

3. What does Emerson recommend we do in our relationships with our family?
(a) Ask them for help in building our self-reliance.
(b) Help them build their own self-reliance.
(c) Stop living according to their expectations.
(d) Accept them for who they are.

4. What does Emerson say are "another sort of false prayer"?
(a) Our regrets.
(b) Disunity.
(c) Our creeds.
(d) Imitation.

5. How does Emerson measure the degree to which a thing is real?
(a) By the degree of power it exhibits.
(b) By the measure of life it contains within it.
(c) By the degree of trust it has in the Supreme Cause.
(d) By the measure of virtue it contains.

Short Answer Questions

1. Emerson mentions something personal to him that makes "no reference" to the past and simply exists with God today. What is it?

2. Emerson compares society to what in saying "(it) moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not"?

3. Which of the following does Emerson NOT list in the aspects of life in which "It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution"?

4. What is the definition of "docility" as used by Emerson ("our docility to our own law")?

5. What will we gladly do when we have "new perception"?

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