Self-Reliance Overview Quiz

"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string," Ralph Waldo Emerson advises in his essay, published in 1841, on how to avoid being a conformist and blaze a personal path. Be sure you understand the steps Emerson recommends for becoming "self-reliant" by taking the eNotes quiz about Emerson's best know work, "Self-Reliance."

  1. What does Emerson consider a valid form of prayer?

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  2. How does Emerson characterize traditional prayer?

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  3. Regarding travel, what does Emerson say the wise man does?

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  4. What does Emerson say has made men weak and afraid of truth?

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  5. Why must men seek solitude?

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  6. On what basis does progress occur?

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  7. What is the "hobgoblin of little minds?

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  8. According to Emerson, what does every educated man eventually realize?

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  9. Why do people not trust themselves?

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  10. Who or what does Emerson say a person needs to connect to God?

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