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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the definition of "docility" as used by Emerson ("our docility to our own law")?
(a) Passivity.
(b) Weakness.
(c) Strength.
(d) Submissiveness.

2. Emerson says we should do what instead of sitting down to "cry for company" with others?
(a) Impart to them friendship and companionship in uncomplicated sympathy.
(b) Impart to them strength and good will in simple sweetness.
(c) Impart to them truth and health in rough electric shocks.
(d) Impart to them will and self-sufficiency in course precision of reality.

3. What do Alfred, Scanderbeg and Gustavus have in common?
(a) They all lead their people to great riches.
(b) They all are kings.
(c) They all are dukes.
(d) They all protect their kingdoms against powerful enemies.

4. Emerson compares society to what in saying "(it) moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not"?
(a) A wave.
(b) A stream.
(c) An ocean.
(d) A river.

5. What does Emerson say are "but physiological colors which the eye makes"?
(a) Belief and wisdom.
(b) Light and dark.
(c) Reality and perception.
(d) Time and space.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson say the civilized man no longer know thanks to the Greenwich nautical almanac he has?

2. At which point is a person willing to "let the words go"?

3. "The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost" what?

4. How does Emerson describe the relationship between the soul and the "divine spirit"?

5. Emerson claims that a man or company of men can overpower "all cities, nations, kings, rich men, poets" when he or they posses which characteristic?

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