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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 kind of headsman stands mask'd, clothed in red, with huge legs and strong naked arms?

2. Whitman believes there is terrible doubt in _____________, there is uncertainty and the possibility of being deluded.

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

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

5. In what state did Whitman see the live-oak growing, and named a poem after this occurrence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the main reason why Whitman says that he enjoys Manhattan so much during his travels there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Whitman describe the touches of the lover as they are making love in the grass with each other?

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

While Whitman also addresses a number of metaphysical issues, he also talks about God and Jesus.

Part 1: Do you think that metaphysical and Christian ideas can coexist?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman feels about the idea of religion in general?

Part 3: How do you you feel about faith, spirituality, and religion? Are they all connected in some way? Do they have to be?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman's writing seems to be filled with wonder and awe at the world and all of its inhabitants.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so in awe of the world?

Part 2: How do you feel about the world and about the creatures within it?

Part 3: Do you think that you can cultivate awe and wonder in the world? Or is it inherent?

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