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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 proposes that grass is the ___________ of the Lord, when he contemplates it as a child.

2. "Carry me when you go forth over land or sea; For thus merely ______________ you is enough, is best."

3. Whitman wonders how the real _______ can ever die and be buried in the end?

4. Who does Whitman not want to shut their proud doors to him, as stated in a poem of that same idea?

5. What will Whitman plant as thick as trees along all the rivers of America and along the shores of all the great lakes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Whitman could be described as being appreciative of people, in all of their forms.

Part 1: Why do you think writers are so appreciative of people and their many forms?

Part 2: How do you think people are done a service by being described by poets and writers?

Part 3: Do you think people are the most important sources of inspiration for writers?

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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