The Cask of Amontillado
The Black Cat
The Pit and the Pendulum
Edgar Allen Poe
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Group 1: Questions 1-4
Group 2: Questions 5-8
Group 3: Questions 9-12
Group 4: Questions 13-16
All: Question 17
Transcendentalism: A Review
Answer the following using direct quotes from the texts:
- What does Emerson tell us about non conformity?
- What does Thoreau tell us about simplicity?
- What does Emerson say about the importance of nature?
- What evidence is there that Thoreau was self-reliant?
- What important words does Emerson use to boost the reader's confidence?
- Which of the Transcendentalists showed evidence of free thinking?
Emerson's Nature Discussion Questions
- What different moods does Emerson note in the excerpt from Nature?
- How is nature connected to these moods?
- What effect does nature have on Emerson? What does he mean when he says "I become a transparent eyeball"?
- In what ways does Emerson connect nature, humankind, and God?
- In what way does Nature serve as a teacher?
- How is nature portrayed as noble? As a source of comfort?
- How are human beings represented as part of nature?
- What can human beings learn from nature? How does this learning affect the individual's spirituality?
- How are you affected by nature? Do you find comfort in it? Do you reflect the moods of nature?
- What is the role of nature in your life?
- Could nature provide one with a "religious"experience?
- What is meant by an individual's spiritual side? How to you define it?
- Is there a connection between the individual's spirit and nature? If so, what is that connection?
Emerson's Self-Reliance Discussion Questions
- What does Emerson mean when he says that "envy is ignorance and imitation is suicide"?
- What does he want each individual to recognize about him/herself? What does he say about "power" and "work"?
- How is trust a part of being self-reliant?
- Why does Emerson see society as the enemy of individuality?
- What is the role of nonconformity? What did that word mean to Emerson?
- What is a "foolish consistency"? How does it get in the way of genius?