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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. Whitman expresses that he knows the __________ does not know how longingly he looked at them.

2. Whose self does Whitman sing when he begins his collection of poems in this particular book?

3. What is described as never tiring, as being rude, silent, and incomprehensible at first?

4. What shape is Paumanok, according to the way that Whitman describes it in his poetry?

5. "You furnish your parts toward eternity, Great or small, you furnish your parts toward the ________."

Short Essay Questions

1. Instead of gold and riches, what does Whitman have to leave for his family and for his loved ones when he dies?

2. What does Whitman suggest about the idea of learning lessons from those who one does not like?

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

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

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

6. What is the lesson of the ebb of the ocean, according to the poem of Whitman?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Whitman talks about how his body is affected with it is in the presence of another person, which is understandable and relate-able.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman expresses the idea that his body is affected by others?

Part 2: Can someone's body is affected without having anyone else around?

Part 3: Do you think that you are more or less affected on a body level when someone else is present?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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