“Self Reliance” Questions

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Is consistency foolish? Or is “foolish consistency . . . the hobgoblin of little minds”? Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self Reliance” provides readers with an opportunity to reflect on their own musing about being self-reliant and about trusting yourself. Although no connection is suggested to transcendental philosophy, individuals could be asked to identify these aspects in the essay.

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  • Readers are asked to paraphrase some of the more famous aphorisms included in the essay
  • Prompts ask readers to make personal connections to Emerson's essay



  • Although the questions and exercises are of value, the worksheet would need to be redesigned to eliminate the typos and grammatical errors