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 ponders where he actually knows anything of his own ________ as he thinks about the biography of another.

2. Once a state is fully enslaved, according to Whitman, no nation, state, city, of the Earth can resume its ____________.

3. In what state did Whitman see the live-oak growing, and named a poem after this occurrence?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman is clear that his sexuality is not tied to loving one person or one sort of person. This fluid description can cause issues for some readers.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman doesn't want to connect himself to just one sort of love partner?

Part 2: Do you think it's possible for sexuality to be as fluid as Whitman describes it to be?

Part 3: How do you feel about the idea of sexuality? It is more rigid for you or do you agree with Whitman's ideas?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman points out that the inhabitants of America want nothing more than to be unique and to have their own identity.

Part 1: How would you describe the idea of being unique?

Part 2: Do you feel it is important for you to have your own identity?

Part 3: Why is it so important for people to create their own identity in the world? Or isn't it?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman talks a lot about the idea of democracy and how it differs today from the way it began.

Part 1: How do you see democracy working in today's world?

Part 2: Do you think democracy is an effective system of making decisions and governing people?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wants to talk about democracy in his poems?

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