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What is the quote painted on the Emerson portrait that's hanging in the library, and what does it mean?
Trick question; it is a portrait of Thoreau, with the quote: "I wish to speak a word for nature, for absolute freedom and wilderness, — to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part or parcel of nature" This indicates that Thoreau feels at one with nature and God, showing the Transcendental idea of an oversoul.
In “Nature,” where does a man go to cast off his years and live as a child?
the woods
In “Nature,” what does Emerson say can repair all disgrace and calamity?
nature
In “Nature,” what does Emerson say he becomes when he becomes nothing and feels “uplifted into infinite space”?
a transparent eyeball
In “Nature,” Emerson writes that while in the woods, he feels that he is closest to whom?
A. the universal being
B. his good friends
C. his brothers
D. his servants
A. the universal being
In “Nature,” Emerson says that he finds something more valuable and dear in the wilderness than he could have found in _____.
cities
What was “The American Scholar" initially?
“The American Scholar” was initially delivered as a lecture at Harvard College.
In “The American Scholar,” what does Emerson call the scholar when he is in the “right state” and able to think for himself?
Man Thinking
In “The American Scholar,” what is the most important influence on the human mind?
A. God
B. books
C. money
D. nature
D. nature
In “The American Scholar,” what does Emerson compare nature’s endless, cyclical qualities to?
the human spirit
In “The American Scholar,” Emerson says that as a person grows, he/she gradually finds more and more ways to do what?
A. tie things together through classification
B. study nature and life on Earth
C. learn from books
D. become skilled at public speaking
A. tie things together through classification
In “The American Scholar,” what are the two maxims that Emerson unifies?
“Know thyself” and “Study nature”
List some forms the “great influence…of the Past” can take, as stated in “The American Scholar.”
literature, art, institutions, books
In “The American Scholar,” Emerson says that the theory of what is noble?
books
In “The American Scholar,” why does Emerson say that the books of old generations are no longer suitable for current generations?
According to Emerson, “each age…must write its own books,” since it is impossible to write a book that so clearly expresses its ideas that it remains relevant throughout the centuries.
In “The American Scholar,” what does Emerson say the main purpose of books is?
Emerson says that books are for “nothing but to inspire.”
In “Self-Reliance,” Emerson says that everyone eventually comes to what realization?
Everyone eventually comes to realize that envy and imitation are worthless and that people must accept themselves as they are.
In “Self-Reliance,” Emerson says that everyone represents a _____ idea.
divine
In “Self-Reliance,” to what visual imagery does Emerson compare self-reliance, claiming the heart vibrates to this symbolic object?
an iron string
In “Self-Reliance,” self-reliance is said to be the aversion, or enemy, of what? Why?
Emerson writes that conformity is the primary opponent of self-reliance. He says that to “be a man, [one] must be a nonconformist,” implying that the most important aspect of one’s being is his/her individuality.
In “Self-Reliance,” Emerson claims that “to be great is _____”
“…to be misunderstood.”
In “Fate,” Emerson presents what type of view of Nature?
A. friendly
B. ludicrous
C. surly
D. evil
C. surly
In “Fate,” Emerson says that races live at the expense of races. Give an example of this.
Humans killing animals for food, etc.
In “Fate,” a true picture of life is said to include what?
A. love
B. nature
C. undesirable realities
D. honesty
C. undesirable realities
In “Fate,” what are the two elements the Emerson says limit each other’s strength?
Fate and Power
In “Fate,” what must even those who believe in Fate accept as an inevitable truth?
a human's free will
In “Fate,” who is a “stupendous antagonism…of the Universe?”
man
In “Fate,” man is said to give up his relation to what in order to gain new abilities?
Man is said to forfeit his link to the animals below him in the animal kingdom in order to gain new skills and “powers.”
List 2 examples of the misuse of books in “The American Scholar.”
bookworms, book repairers, bibliomaniacs, the use of books purely to repeat their ideas, etc.
In “The American Scholar,” what two entities are said to be opposites, “answering each other part for part”?
nature and the soul