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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 do others use to "compute our orbit"?

2. Which story does Emerson tell to get his point across about self-perception?

3. How does Emerson say adults feel in looking into the faces of children?

4. What does Emerson suggest one should accept in regards to divine providence?

5. What "...may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted..."?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Explain Emerson's example of "boys who are sure of a dinner" from paragraph 5.

3. Briefly explain Emerson's view on how we should handle our relationships with our families.

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

5. What does Emerson mean when he says (in paragraph 10), "Nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere. We come to wear one cut of face and figure"?

6. Explain Emerson's problem with "the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country" as detailed in paragraph 22.

7. Who are Alfred, Scanderbeg and Gustavus, referred to in paragraph 19?

8. What does Emerson say happens when a young man fails at his first endeavors? Describe what happens and what Emerson recommends.

9. In paragraph 38, Emerson explains the relationship between education and self-reliance. Describe this relationship.

10. In paragraph 11, Emerson explains what consequences one faces within society for nonconformity. What are they?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In paragraph 25, Emerson writes: "When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; ... the way ... shall be wholly strange and new." Explain what Emerson means by this and use this idea to describe what Emerson believes a life of self-reliance is like.

Essay Topic 2

Give a detailed explanation of how Emerson recommends dealing with relationships with friends and family in paragraph 30 and defend or contradict his recommendation.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of religion in Emerson's life. In what ways was Emerson religiously involved? What do you know about his opinions about religion? Finally, how do you think Emerson's involvement and views on religion are visible in his work?

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