The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Summary & Analysis - Quiz & Worksheet


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'The American Scholar' is one of Emerson's most famous _____.

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1. In 'The American Scholar,' Emerson considered all of the following to be an influence on the scholar's mind, EXCEPT _____.

2. In 'The American Scholar,' what trait did Emerson see as crucial for the scholar, and why?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'The American Scholar' is a speech given by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the ideas and arguments of the speech, as well as the life and philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will evaluate what you recall about:

  • The type of work 'The American Scholar' is
  • Something that Emerson believed to be influential to the mind of a scholar
  • A trait that Emerson thought that scholars had to have
  • A movement that 'The American Scholar' was at the center of

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on 'The American Scholar'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the vice that Emerson felt was fundamental to the slavery of Africans
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a trait that Emerson felt it was crucial for scholars to possess

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson, The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about Emerson's thoughts on action
  • Understand the themes and arguments of 'The American Scholar'
  • Relate information about the school of Transcendentalists