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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is singing the varied carols which Whitman can hear as mentioned in a poem which reveals the answer?
(a) Canada.
(b) America.
(c) Men.
(d) Criminals.

2. Whitman hears that some people believe that he is trying to destroy ____________, which confuses him.
(a) Institutions.
(b) Libraries.
(c) Churches.
(d) Schools.

3. Who does Whitman point out are subordinated at their tasks during "Calamus"?
(a) Women.
(b) No one.
(c) Children.
(d) Men.

4. Whitman believes there is terrible doubt in _____________, there is uncertainty and the possibility of being deluded.
(a) Nature.
(b) Government.
(c) Appearances.
(d) Children.

5. Whitman says it is a painful thing to ___________ someone to excess, yet the rewards are great.
(a) Believe in.
(b) Honor.
(c) Love.
(d) Hate.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Whitman say there are beautiful hills which should be recognized as such?

2. Which sort of bird caused Whitman to stop and open listen to it opening its throat and joyfully singing?

3. Whose self does Whitman sing when he begins his collection of poems in this particular book?

4. From Whitman's breast, he says that he has concealed confession drops. What color are these drops?

5. What is forever and ever, longer than soil is brown and solid, longer than water ebbs and flows?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Whitman describe his understanding of Adam's first experience when walking in the Garden of Eden?

2. Where was Whitman born, and how does that place affect him?

3. What is so strange about the idea that Whitman is so fervently patriotic in the poems he has written? When was Whitman born in relation to the 'birth' of the United States?

4. What does the author feel about the idea of being present in the here and in the now?

5. What does Whitman proclaim about nature when he is talking about nature in this first section ?

6. What is the city which Whitman admires, though not for the pageantry and the wealth that exists in this city?

7. What does Whitman describe when he is talking about the experiences of his body in relation to another's body?

8. What does Whitman reveal about a lover who spoke of acceptance within one of his poems?

9. What does Whitman try to do for himself, instead of being completely engrossed by one belief system?

10. What does Whitman have to say about the pain of loving a man or a woman in great excess?

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