Transcendentalism in Literature Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Henry David Thoreau was opposed to government spending on which of the following?

Question 2 2. Elizabeth Gilbert's recent memoir Eat, Pray, Love could be seen as adhering to the beliefs of what literary group?

Question 3 3. How have people's perceptions of Leaves of Grass changed over the years?

Question 4 4. Why did Henry David Thoreau choose to spend two years in a cabin?

Question 5 5. How did Thoreau make money during his time near Walden pond?

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Question 6 6. As a transcendentalist, why was Henry David Thoreau not interested in travel?

Question 7 7. Which of the following best describes Emerson's religious beliefs?

Question 8 8. What is Walt Whitman's most well-known work?

Question 9 9. How did Thoreau's Civil Disobedience encourage Americans to oppose immoral government spending?

Question 10 10. Which of the following BEST describes the Transcendentalists?

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Question 11 11. What year was Henry David Thoreau's essay Walden published?

Question 12 12. Which Transcendentalist is considered the father of free verse poetry?

Question 13 13. What literary movement did Henry David Thoreau belong to?

Question 14 14. Henry David Thoreau's Walden experiment helped him to become an expert _____.

Question 15 15. What personality trait would Ralph Waldo Emerson be most likely to promote?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following writers is NOT a Transcendentalist?

Question 17 17. Which of the following was a societal goal of Emerson's?

Question 18 18. Which of the following poetry techniques did Emily Dickinson use in her poems?

Question 19 19. What happened when Henry David Thoreau refused to pay the poll tax?

Question 20 20. Why did the people of Emily Dickinson's hometown disapprove of her?

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Question 21 21. How are most Emily Dickinson poems identified?

Question 22 22.

The following excerpt is from what Transcendental work?

'I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.'

Question 23 23. What essay published in 1849 influenced leaders like John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Question 24 24. According to Emerson, why are nonconformists important?

Question 25 25.

Who rides in the carriage with the narrator in the following Emily Dickinson poem?

'Because I could not stop for Death,

He kindly stopped for me;

The carriage held but just ourselves

And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,

And I had put away

My labor, and my leisure too,

For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove

At recess, in the ring;

We passed the fields of grazing grain,

We passed the setting sun.

Or rather, he passed us;

The dews grew quivering and chill,

For only gossamer my gown,

My tippet only tulle.

We paused before a house that seemed

A swelling of the ground;

The roof was scarcely visible,

The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each

Feels shorter than the day

I first surmised the horses' heads

Were toward eternity.'

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Question 26 26. Why did Emerson admire children?

Question 27 27.

What is the narrator's attitude toward death in the following Emily Dickinson poem?

'Because I could not stop for Death,

He kindly stopped for me;

The carriage held but just ourselves

And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,

And I had put away

My labor, and my leisure too,

For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove

At recess, in the ring;

We passed the fields of grazing grain,

We passed the setting sun.

Or rather, he passed us;

The dews grew quivering and chill,

For only gossamer my gown,

My tippet only tulle.

We paused before a house that seemed

A swelling of the ground;

The roof was scarcely visible,

The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each

Feels shorter than the day

I first surmised the horses' heads

Were toward eternity.'

Question 28 28. In what way did Emerson believe intuition was useful?

Question 29 29. True or False: Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman's famous collection of poetry, was initially a commercial failure.

Question 30 30. Transcendentalists valued all of the following EXCEPT _____.

Transcendentalism in Literature Chapter Exam Instructions

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