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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Emerson explains what underlies the present and life and death. What is it?
(a) That which I think and feel.
(b) Nature in all its glory.
(c) Vision and understanding.
(d) The pure love of God.

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

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

4. At which point is a person willing to "let the words go"?
(a) When he or she becomes self-reliant.
(b) When he or she realizes that they are useless.
(c) When he or she no longer needs them.
(d) When he or she understands them.

5. How does Emerson describe perception?
(a) Perception is something one chooses on one's own.
(b) Perception should be contradicted.
(c) Perception is different for each person.
(d) Perception is as much a fact as the sun.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson claim we have become, in stating that man will see that we need his ethics?

2. What does Emerson call history a parable of?

3. When does Emerson claim that the luster "will be transferred from the actions of kings to those of gentlemen"?

4. According to Emerson, Galileo did more with what than anyone since?

5. Which system does Emerson accuse of fostering restlessness?

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