Leaves of Grass Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Whitman expresses that he knows the __________ does not know how longingly he looked at them.

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

5. Who leaves natural breaths, the sounds of rains and winds, calls as the birds and animals in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Whitman say when someone else is present with his body? What changes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman talks about how his body is affected with it is in the presence of another person, which is understandable and relate-able.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman expresses the idea that his body is affected by others?

Part 2: Can someone's body is affected without having anyone else around?

Part 3: Do you think that you are more or less affected on a body level when someone else is present?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman's writing seems to be filled with wonder and awe at the world and all of its inhabitants.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so in awe of the world?

Part 2: How do you feel about the world and about the creatures within it?

Part 3: Do you think that you can cultivate awe and wonder in the world? Or is it inherent?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman believes that no matter what science can uncover, the soul will supersede it.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman believes the soul is the most important part of the world experience?

Part 2: Why can't science be bigger than the experience of the soul?

Part 3: How do you feel about the importance of the soul versus the importance of science?

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