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

2. During this section of the poems, what age does Whitman profess to being?

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

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

5. Who does Whitman meet in the poem, "Eidolons," passing the hues and objects of the world?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Whitman state about the idea of what happens after death, though he is still unsure?

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

The poet brings up an interesting idea of seeking happiness in places other than in one's self.

Part 1: Do you agree that happiness should only be found outside of one's self?

Part 2: Why do you think Whitman wants to reverse the idea of finding happiness in one's self?

Part 3: How do you find happiness in your own life? In yourself? Outside of yourself?

Essay Topic 3

The author also repeats the idea that one should live in the now rather than dwelling on the past or on the future.

Part 1: Why is it so important to live in the now, in the present time and place?

Part 2: Do you think you tend to live in the now or do you live in other time periods?

Part 3: What might be some obstacles to living in the now? What sorts of problems may this way of living cause?

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