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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 believes that the words of true ________ do not merely please those who read them.
(a) Myths.
(b) Poems.
(c) Stories.
(d) Books.

2. What is described as never tiring, as being rude, silent, and incomprehensible at first?
(a) Faith.
(b) Earth.
(c) Moon.
(d) Love.

3. Walt Whitman sees _______ exhaling from unexplored countries and savage types with bows and arrows.
(a) Ghosts.
(b) Vapors.
(c) Myths.
(d) Stories.

4. Where did Whitman say that he sat studying the older times of American? The feet of ___________.
(a) Jesus.
(b) God.
(c) The great masters.
(d) Mary.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. During this section of the poems, what age does Whitman profess to being?

2. Whitman calls the ostent evanescent the substances of a/an _________ mood or savan's studies long.

3. Whitman wonders how the real _______ can ever die and be buried in the end?

4. What are the terrible perturbations of the suns, swelling, collapsing, and ending?

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 say when someone else is present with his body? What changes?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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