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

2. Whitman finds he is larger and better than he thought. He did not know he held so much ___________.

3. What has been named with can not be countermanded in struggles and in wars?

4. Whitman addresses other countries who are striving to prove the puzzle of America, the athletic ______________.

5. What will Whitman plant as thick as trees along all the rivers of America and along the shores of all the great lakes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was discussed in the conversation that Whitman had with the German spiritualist?

2. How does "As the Time Draws Nigh" approach the death of Whitman and his feelings about it?

3. How is the meteor used as a metaphor in the poem called, "Year of Meteors," which Whitman has written?

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

5. Whose philosophies does Whitman respect without any exceptions, according to the writing?

6. What is the procession of the people into the theater, one of many on Broadway, used as a metaphor for in "A Broadway Pageant"?

7. What does the poem "Passage to India" have to share about this country and about its progress in the world?

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

9. What are the only things which are ample in life, according to Whitman's conversation with the spiritualist?

10. What happens to the summer rains, according to Whitman's poem "Autumn Rivulets"?

Essay 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

Whitman also has a close relationship with nature, talking about being naked with it and being enveloped by it.

Part 1: Why do you think so many poets have such a strong connection with nature?

Part 2: Do you think the nature can be emotionally engaging? Or do you look at nature as something without emotion?

Part 3: How do you think observing nature can affect the way poems are written?

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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