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

2. Whitman says that he was offering too long to feed his soul with __________, which was clearly not a good idea..

3. How old is Whitman at the time of his writing his poems, noting this in his poems and that he is in good health?

4. Walt Whitman sees _______ exhaling from unexplored countries and savage types with bows and arrows.

5. To what state does Whitman promise to know very well after traveling to it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Whitman warn the readers about the dangers of religion and those who are enamored of it?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman is very focused on writing about himself in his poems. He wants to focus on the idea of his observations and the way he interprets his world.

Part 1: Do you think it's limiting to only show the world through one set of eyes?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman could have improved his poems and extended the way he described the world?

Part 3: Why do you think so many writers and poets use only their own experience to write? Is this a good or a bad thing?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author is also sure that the wonderful United States is prosperous now, but that it will encounter a time of problems.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman wants to point out that the U.S. is going to have troubles in the future?

Part 2: Do you think that Whitman was correct in his prediction?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wanted to discuss the idea of a possible unkind fate in the future?

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