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. What do the lovers who exit the room after the night leave over baskets, swelling the house with their plenty?

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

3. What did Whitman once feel was impassive, ample, and spheric in nature, though he is changing his mind?

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

5. Whitman believes himself to be as trustful to his poems as a father is to his _______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. What is the city which Whitman admires, though not for the pageantry and the wealth that exists in this city?

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

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 Whitman think about seeing the world through someone else's eyes, even if it is through the eyes of a poet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman is very focused on writing about himself in his poems. He wants to focus on the idea of his observations and the way he interprets his world.

Part 1: Do you think it's limiting to only show the world through one set of eyes?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman could have improved his poems and extended the way he described the world?

Part 3: Why do you think so many writers and poets use only their own experience to write? Is this a good or a bad thing?

Essay Topic 2

The overt sexual language of Whitman can surprise some people as this does not seem to be something which is expected.

Part 1: Did you expect to find so much sexual language and description in this collection of poems?

Part 2: Did the sexual themes detract from your enjoyment of Whitman's work?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman felt he needed to include so much sexual poetry in this collection?

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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