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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. To what does Whitman say he is near at hand with a throat to inflate itself and sing joyfully?
(a) Honor.
(b) Ocean.
(c) Nature.
(d) Democracy.

2. To what state does Whitman promise to know very well after traveling to it?
(a) Ohio.
(b) Illinois.
(c) California.
(d) Florida.

3. Who does Whitman answer for when he takes the young man's hands in his own?
(a) His mother.
(b) God.
(c) His sister.
(d) His brother.

4. Who leaves natural breaths, the sounds of rains and winds, calls as the birds and animals in the woods?
(a) The mothers.
(b) Red aborigines.
(c) The birds.
(d) The Gods.

5. During this section of the poems, what age does Whitman profess to being?
(a) 41.
(b) 35.
(c) 37.
(d) 42.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are houses and rooms full of? What are shelves crowded with according to Whitman?

2. Whitman believes that the words of true ________ do not merely please those who read them.

3. The __________ has joy in inflating the chest, rolling the thunder of the voice, making the people rage, and leading America.

4. What will Whitman plant as thick as trees along all the rivers of America and along the shores of all the great lakes?

5. Who does Whitman not want to shut their proud doors to him, as stated in a poem of that same idea?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the similar points of religions which Whitman points out for the reader?

2. Who are some of the groups for which Whitman seems to have a particular affection in his poems?

3. What parts of the United States structure does Whitman have a lot of respect for?

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

5. What are some of the features of the Paumanok area of Long Island which makes the area special to Whitman?

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

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

8. Why does Whitman warn the readers about the dangers of religion and those who are enamored of it?

9. What is one of the main criticisms of Whitman's poetry, as these graphic images come up in the poems quite frequently?

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

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