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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 did Whitman once feel was impassive, ample, and spheric in nature, though he is changing his mind?

2. Whitman is not only considering the idea of death, but also of chanting the chant of ___________.

3. Whitman ponders where he actually knows anything of his own ________ as he thinks about the biography of another.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. To whom does Whitman appear to give his spirit to, though this person is never mentioned by name in a poem?

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

8. How does Whitman describe the touches of the lover as they are making love in the grass with each other?

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

10. What is the procession of the people into the theater, one of many on Broadway, used as a metaphor for in "A Broadway Pageant"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is also sure that the wonderful United States is prosperous now, but that it will encounter a time of problems.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman wants to point out that the U.S. is going to have troubles in the future?

Part 2: Do you think that Whitman was correct in his prediction?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wanted to discuss the idea of a possible unkind fate in the future?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman believes that no matter what science can uncover, the soul will supersede it.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman believes the soul is the most important part of the world experience?

Part 2: Why can't science be bigger than the experience of the soul?

Part 3: How do you feel about the importance of the soul versus the importance of science?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman also has a close relationship with nature, talking about being naked with it and being enveloped by it.

Part 1: Why do you think so many poets have such a strong connection with nature?

Part 2: Do you think the nature can be emotionally engaging? Or do you look at nature as something without emotion?

Part 3: How do you think observing nature can affect the way poems are written?

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