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. What will Whitman plant as thick as trees along all the rivers of America and along the shores of all the great lakes?

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

3. Who does Whitman point out are subordinated at their tasks during "Calamus"?

4. The ___________ is equal with the male according to Whitman in the first page of his poetry book?

5. Whitman raises a _____________ hand to all who he mentions in his poem, making the signal to remain after him.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Whitman's stance on how he views individual people and who they are, an opinion which is repeated frequently?

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

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

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

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

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

Whitman is very focused on writing about himself in his poems. He wants to focus on the idea of his observations and the way he interprets his world.

Part 1: Do you think it's limiting to only show the world through one set of eyes?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman could have improved his poems and extended the way he described the world?

Part 3: Why do you think so many writers and poets use only their own experience to write? Is this a good or a bad thing?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman seems to have a very strong sense of patriotism and allegiance to the United States.

Part 1: Did you find it surprising that Whitman was so patriotic? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think it's important to have a strong sense of patriotism as a creative person?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman felt so strongly about the United States that he had to include poems about patriotism?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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