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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 finds he is larger and better than he thought. He did not know he held so much ___________.

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

3. In what state did Whitman see the live-oak growing, and named a poem after this occurrence?

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

5. Whitman says that he is not sure, but the high soul of lovers welcomes _______ most.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Whitman have to say about the pain of loving a man or a woman in great excess?

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

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

4. 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?

5. What is the main reason why Whitman says that he enjoys Manhattan so much during his travels there?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Whitman talks a lot about the idea of democracy and how it differs today from the way it began.

Part 1: How do you see democracy working in today's world?

Part 2: Do you think democracy is an effective system of making decisions and governing people?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wants to talk about democracy in his poems?

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