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

2. Whitman calls the ostent evanescent the substances of a/an _________ mood or savan's studies long.

3. Who does Whitman profess to folding in every leaf of his poetry in order to celebrate the sea?

4. Whitman says that he is not sure, but the high soul of lovers welcomes _______ most.

5. Whitman says it is a painful thing to ___________ someone to excess, yet the rewards are great.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Whitman describe his understanding of Adam's first experience when walking in the Garden of Eden?

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

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

Whitman talks a lot about the idea of democracy and how it differs today from the way it began.

Part 1: How do you see democracy working in today's world?

Part 2: Do you think democracy is an effective system of making decisions and governing people?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wants to talk about democracy in his poems?

Essay Topic 3

The poet does not seem to be afraid of mortality, choosing instead to look at it as a mysterious entity.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is not afraid of dying as so many other people are?

Part 2: How do you feel about the idea of your own mortality?

Part 3: Do you think that it's better to fear mortality or to embrace this facet of the human existence? Why?

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