Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

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Why did Emerson admire children?

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

2. According to Emerson, why are nonconformists important?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay entitled 'Self-Reliance' was published in 1841 and depicts his views on transcendentalism. This quiz and worksheet assess your understanding of the core beliefs of this philosophical movement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, students will be tested on Emerson's viewpoints, including:

  • Who models individualistic and authentic behavior the most
  • What individualism represents
  • Society's need for individual energy and creativity
  • A source of direct knowledge
  • Who should be trusted above all

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self-Reliance'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Emerson's ideas about individualism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of transcendentalism to answer questions related to sources of direct knowledge

Additional Learning

To study more about this essay, view the lesson titled Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Poetry: 'Self-Reliance'. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Analyzing 'Self-Reliance'
  • Emerson's belief in the 'Over-Soul'
  • Four areas in need of self-reliant individuals
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