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

2. What did Whitman once feel was impassive, ample, and spheric in nature, though he is changing his mind?

3. Underneath all of the mysticism, what does Whitman say that he sees in the man for his comrade?

4. Whitman says he will make a true ________ which will earn for the body and mind whatever sticks and does not droop in death.

5. What are the terrible perturbations of the suns, swelling, collapsing, and ending?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman is clear that his sexuality is not tied to loving one person or one sort of person. This fluid description can cause issues for some readers.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman doesn't want to connect himself to just one sort of love partner?

Part 2: Do you think it's possible for sexuality to be as fluid as Whitman describes it to be?

Part 3: How do you feel about the idea of sexuality? It is more rigid for you or do you agree with Whitman's ideas?

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 seems to have a very strong sense of patriotism and allegiance to the United States.

Part 1: Did you find it surprising that Whitman was so patriotic? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think it's important to have a strong sense of patriotism as a creative person?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman felt so strongly about the United States that he had to include poems about patriotism?

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