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

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

4. The __________ has joy in inflating the chest, rolling the thunder of the voice, making the people rage, and leading America.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is one of the main criticisms of Whitman's poetry, as these graphic images come up in the poems quite frequently?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Whitman also has a close relationship with nature, talking about being naked with it and being enveloped by it.

Part 1: Why do you think so many poets have such a strong connection with nature?

Part 2: Do you think the nature can be emotionally engaging? Or do you look at nature as something without emotion?

Part 3: How do you think observing nature can affect the way poems are written?

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