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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. Where did Whitman say that he sat studying the older times of American? The feet of ___________.

2. Who leaves natural breaths, the sounds of rains and winds, calls as the birds and animals in the woods?

3. What does Whitman say goes to and fro, seeking a livelihood, chattering, and chaffering?

4. What sort of song does Whitman say he will sing in the sixth inscription of the book's opening?

5. Whitman hears that some people believe that he is trying to destroy ____________, which confuses him.

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be determined about Whitman's life experiences by the reading of the many poems which Whitman has crafted about the water?

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

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

4. What does Whitman say when someone else is present with his body? What changes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman's writing seems to be filled with wonder and awe at the world and all of its inhabitants.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so in awe of the world?

Part 2: How do you feel about the world and about the creatures within it?

Part 3: Do you think that you can cultivate awe and wonder in the world? Or is it inherent?

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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