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. Who does Whitman answer for when he takes the young man's hands in his own?

2. What shape is Paumanok, according to the way that Whitman describes it in his poetry?

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

4. What is described as never tiring, as being rude, silent, and incomprehensible at first?

5. What carry the filaments of the news of wars, deaths, losses, gains, passions, and of race?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is also sure that the wonderful United States is prosperous now, but that it will encounter a time of problems.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman wants to point out that the U.S. is going to have troubles in the future?

Part 2: Do you think that Whitman was correct in his prediction?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wanted to discuss the idea of a possible unkind fate in the future?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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