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

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

3. What is permanent, lurking there within the body, the only purport of thous art, the real I myself?

4. "You furnish your parts toward eternity, Great or small, you furnish your parts toward the ________."

5. Whitman finds he is larger and better than he thought. He did not know he held so much ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Whitman's stance on how he views individual people and who they are, an opinion which is repeated frequently?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Poetry is something which can resonate with readers and it can also create problems for other readers.

Part 1: Do you enjoy reading poetry? What are your immediate reactions to the idea of poetry?

Part 2: How might poetry not be enjoyable for you? What obstacles are in the way of your enjoyment?

Part 3: Why do you think poetry continues to be created as opposed to writing fiction instead?

Essay Topic 2

The body is something which Whitman seems to worship as a part of his experience as being human.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so fascinated with the human body?

Part 2: What are your feelings about the human body and whether it should be celebrated?

Part 3: Do you think that the human body is something which could be described as divine?

Essay Topic 3

While Whitman also addresses a number of metaphysical issues, he also talks about God and Jesus.

Part 1: Do you think that metaphysical and Christian ideas can coexist?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman feels about the idea of religion in general?

Part 3: How do you you feel about faith, spirituality, and religion? Are they all connected in some way? Do they have to be?

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