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

2. Whitman hears that some people believe that he is trying to destroy ____________, which confuses him.

3. Who does Whitman meet in the poem, "Eidolons," passing the hues and objects of the world?

4. Whitman says that he was offering too long to feed his soul with __________, which was clearly not a good idea..

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 features of the Paumanok area of Long Island which makes the area special to Whitman?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman discusses the idea that he has no legacy to leave behind for his family and the next generation.

Part 1: Why do you think a legacy is something of importance?

Part 2: Do you agree that Whitman has left nothing as a legacy?

Part 3: Is it important to you that you leave a legacy to the next generation? Why or why not?

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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