Self-Reliance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 are "sallies" of will?

2. What does Emerson claim will happen when you do your work?

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

4. What does Emerson say a man will find himself if he exercises his reason?

5. What is Emerson referring to when he states: "It will be found symmetrical" in talking about consistency vs. contradiction?

Short Essay Questions

1. Aside from the consequences faced within society, Emerson mentions in paragraph 12 one other factor that causes consistency. What is it?

2. In paragraph 21, Emerson begins an explanation of the "reason of self-trust." Explain very briefly the question he is asking and the answer he finds.

3. Near the end of paragraph 19, Emerson says, "As great a stake depends on your private act to-day, as followed their public and renowned steps." What does he mean by this quote?

4. Explain Emerson's comparison in paragraph 15 of a character to an acrostic.

5. What does Emerson mean in paragraph 6 when he describes the voices we hear in solitude as "grown faint and inaudible as we enter into the world"?

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

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

8. Explain which characteristics Emerson says, in paragraph 11, that a person must be equipped with in order to withstand the consequences of nonconformity.

9. In paragraph 24, Emerson compares us to children. Explain this comparison.

10. What does Emerson mean when he states in paragraph 15: "No man can violate his nature. All the sallies of his will are rounded in by the law of his being."?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the importance of self-perception in becoming self-reliant. Consider Emerson's example of the "sot" who wakes up in the duke's house washed and dressed, and explain Emerson's view of how what we feel about ourselves affects our autonomy.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Emerson's view of the advancement of society and give several supporting examples.

Essay Topic 3

In paragraph 15, Emerson writes: "Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment." Explain this idea, clarifying Emerson's views on overt actions and describing what his figurative language at the end of the sentence means.

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