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."

  • Question 1

    What does Emerson consider a valid form of prayer?

  • Question 2

    On what basis does progress occur?

  • Question 3

    What is the "hobgoblin of little minds?

  • Question 4

    How does Emerson characterize traditional prayer?

  • Question 5

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

  • Question 6

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

  • Question 7

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

  • Question 8

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

  • Question 9

    Why do people not trust themselves?

  • Question 10

    Why must men seek solitude?

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