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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emerson claim has happened to "the highest truth on this subject" in referencing the point of the essay overall?
(a) It cannot be understood.
(b) It shall remain a mystery.
(c) It cannot prevail.
(d) It remains unsaid.

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

3. What does Emerson NOT say is a good reason to travel?
(a) To be amused.
(b) For the purpose of art.
(c) For study.
(d) So that man becomes domesticated.

4. 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 virtue it contains.
(c) By the degree of trust it has in the Supreme Cause.
(d) By the measure of life it contains within it.

5. Emerson states that we are "like children" who do what?
(a) "Repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors."
(b) "Are perfect at every moment."
(c) "Do not yet understand the truth we witness."
(d) "Postpone that which inevitably must come."

Short Answer Questions

1. In the final sentence of "Self-Reliance," Emerson writes: "Nothing can bring you peace but" what?

2. Which of the following countries does Emerson NOT mention in talking about traveling?

3. What does Emerson recommend we do in our relationships with our family?

4. At what have men looked "so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned, and civil institutions as guards"?

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

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