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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. Whitman finds he is larger and better than he thought. He did not know he held so much ___________.
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Goodness.
(c) Truth.
(d) Understanding.

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

3. Where does Whitman say there are beautiful hills which should be recognized as such?
(a) Amsterdam.
(b) North Carolina.
(c) Brooklyn.
(d) Maine.

4. What will Whitman plant as thick as trees along all the rivers of America and along the shores of all the great lakes?
(a) Honor.
(b) Companionship.
(c) Shrubs.
(d) Patriotism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. It is the engineer's joy to go with the _____________ in his days.

2. What sort of song does Whitman say he will sing in the sixth inscription of the book's opening?

3. To what state does Whitman promise to know very well after traveling to it?

4. The ___________ is equal with the male according to Whitman in the first page of his poetry book?

5. What did Whitman used to pull up from the water when he lived in his hometown during the summer months?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. What does Whitman state about the idea of what happens after death, though he is still unsure?

7. What are some of the poet's feelings about the idea of mortality, according to the poems he writes?

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

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

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

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