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

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

3. Whitman believes himself to be as trustful to his poems as a father is to his _______________.

4. Who does Whitman answer for when he takes the young man's hands in his own?

5. Whitman believes that in his journey, the _________ is not the only thing that is there.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the author feel about the idea of being present in the here and in the now?

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 could be described as being appreciative of people, in all of their forms.

Part 1: Why do you think writers are so appreciative of people and their many forms?

Part 2: How do you think people are done a service by being described by poets and writers?

Part 3: Do you think people are the most important sources of inspiration for writers?

Essay Topic 2

Poetry is something which can resonate with readers and it can also create problems for other readers.

Part 1: Do you enjoy reading poetry? What are your immediate reactions to the idea of poetry?

Part 2: How might poetry not be enjoyable for you? What obstacles are in the way of your enjoyment?

Part 3: Why do you think poetry continues to be created as opposed to writing fiction instead?

Essay Topic 3

The body is something which Whitman seems to worship as a part of his experience as being human.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so fascinated with the human body?

Part 2: What are your feelings about the human body and whether it should be celebrated?

Part 3: Do you think that the human body is something which could be described as divine?

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