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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. What is the city of orgies, according to Whitman's poem of the same name?

2. What color is the water in the poem, "In Cabin'd Ships at Sea," as it moves around the boat?

3. Whitman realizes he was still not happen when he heard _________ and was received well at the capitol.

4. Who does Whitman point out are subordinated at their tasks during "Calamus"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Whitman offer a tribute to a dandelion in one of his poems in this section of the book?

3. Where was Whitman born, and how does that place affect him?

4. What does Whitman wish he had the chance to do for the United States as it makes its impact in the world?

5. Why does the young man ring the ocean bell when he is steering the boat during the treacherous weather?

6. What is an endless source of inspiration for poetry, according to the poems which the poet has created?

7. What is so strange about the idea that Whitman is so fervently patriotic in the poems he has written? When was Whitman born in relation to the 'birth' of the United States?

8. What does Whitman point out that many people in the United States are hanging onto?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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