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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 is the city of orgies, according to Whitman's poem of the same name?

2. Who is singing the varied carols which Whitman can hear as mentioned in a poem which reveals the answer?

3. Who does Whitman see eating the bread of his last supper in the midst of youths and old persons?

4. Whitman is not only considering the idea of death, but also of chanting the chant of ___________.

5. What is forever and ever, longer than soil is brown and solid, longer than water ebbs and flows?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is important about speech and about silence, according to Whitman as he writes in his poems?

3. What does Whitman point out happens no matter how many advancements science has made?

4. What does the song have to include in itself in order to be considered universal?

5. To whom does Whitman appear to give his spirit to, though this person is never mentioned by name in a poem?

6. What does Whitman wish he had the chance to do for the United States as it makes its impact in the world?

7. What does Whitman question about the world when he sees the felons being shackled and held in the court?

8. Why does Whitman pay homage to the young pioneers who forged ahead to find homes for themselves?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The overt sexual language of Whitman can surprise some people as this does not seem to be something which is expected.

Part 1: Did you expect to find so much sexual language and description in this collection of poems?

Part 2: Did the sexual themes detract from your enjoyment of Whitman's work?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman felt he needed to include so much sexual poetry in this collection?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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