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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. What is permanent, lurking there within the body, the only purport of thous art, the real I myself?
(a) Head.
(b) Brain.
(c) Body.
(d) Spirit.

2. Whitman says that he is not sure, but the high soul of lovers welcomes _______ most.
(a) Truth.
(b) Death.
(c) Desire.
(d) Lust.

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

4. Walt Whitman hears the rhythmic myths of the ____________, the strong legends of the Romans.
(a) Norse.
(b) Germans.
(c) Egyptians.
(d) Greeks.

5. Whitman points out that it is not on the reader that they alone have ___________ which fall on them
(a) Pain.
(b) Dark patches.
(c) Anger.
(d) Trust.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Whitman meet in the poem, "Eidolons," passing the hues and objects of the world?

2. Whitman believes there is terrible doubt in _____________, there is uncertainty and the possibility of being deluded.

3. Underneath all of the mysticism, what does Whitman say that he sees in the man for his comrade?

4. With another man, Whitman writes, he dilates and fuses the immortal laws and makes himself by them the _______ unto himself.

5. Whitman says it is a painful thing to ___________ someone to excess, yet the rewards are great.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can be determined about Whitman's life experiences by the reading of the many poems which Whitman has crafted about the water?

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

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

5. What is the main reason why Whitman says that he enjoys Manhattan so much during his travels there?

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

7. How does Whitman describe the touches of the lover as they are making love in the grass with each other?

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

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

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

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