Leaves of Grass Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. With another man, Whitman writes, he dilates and fuses the immortal laws and makes himself by them the _______ unto himself.

3. What rose before Whitman when he was pondering his poetry in silence in this book?

4. Who does Whitman profess to folding in every leaf of his poetry in order to celebrate the sea?

5. What kind of headsman stands mask'd, clothed in red, with huge legs and strong naked arms?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman discusses the idea that he has no legacy to leave behind for his family and the next generation.

Part 1: Why do you think a legacy is something of importance?

Part 2: Do you agree that Whitman has left nothing as a legacy?

Part 3: Is it important to you that you leave a legacy to the next generation? Why or why not?

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

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?

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