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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Emerson not recommend dragging about in his discussion of past acts?

2. Which of the following movements did Emerson NOT mention in his listing of "institutions"?

3. Why does Emerson say about children's minds?

4. What does Emerson suggest about philanthropy?

5. What does Emerson say he can anticipate if he knows your sect?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of paragraph 36, Emerson relates the story of Caratach in Fletcher's "Bonduca," who is "admonished to inquire the mind of the god Audate." In your own words, describe Caratach's response.

2. What does Emerson say about strength in numbers?

3. In paragraph 6, Emerson compares society to a joint-stock company. Explain this comparison.

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

5. In paragraph 36, Emerson talks about real and false prayer. Describe the difference.

6. Why does Emerson hold Moses, Plato and Milton in such high regard?

7. Explain the opening quote to Emerson's essay, "Ne te quaesiveris extra" and why he uses it.

8. Explain the quote "Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events" from paragraph 3.

9. What does Emerson mean in paragraph 17 when he says, "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."?

10. Explain Emerson's theory on the importance of kings for the world as stated in paragraph 20.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Emerson's use of stylistic elements such as syntax, diction, pace, figurative language, tone, allusions, etc., and explain in which ways his style contributes to the feeling imparted by the essay.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the principles of the Age of Enlightenment that preceded Emerson's work. Explain the relationship between Emerson's philosophies and those of the Enlightenment.

Essay Topic 3

What is Emerson's view of children and youth? Compare this with his view on adults within society.

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