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

2. Whitman believes himself to be as trustful to his poems as a father is to his _______________.

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

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

5. Whitman expresses that he knows the __________ does not know how longingly he looked at them.

Short Essay Questions

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

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 state about the idea of what happens after death, though he is still unsure?

4. Who are some of the groups for which Whitman seems to have a particular affection in his poems?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman points out that the inhabitants of America want nothing more than to be unique and to have their own identity.

Part 1: How would you describe the idea of being unique?

Part 2: Do you feel it is important for you to have your own identity?

Part 3: Why is it so important for people to create their own identity in the world? Or isn't it?

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 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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