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Leaves of Grass Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the city of orgies, according to Whitman's poem of the same name?



2. What color is the water in the poem, "In Cabin'd Ships at Sea," as it moves around the boat?



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



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



5. Whitman calls the ostent evanescent the substances of a/an _________ mood or savan's studies long.



Short Essay Questions

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



2. Why does Whitman offer a tribute to a dandelion in one of his poems in this section of the book?



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



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



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



6. What is an endless source of inspiration for poetry, according to the poems which the poet has created?



7. 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?



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



9. What was discussed in the conversation that Whitman had with the German spiritualist?



10. Whose philosophies does Whitman respect without any exceptions, according to the writing?



Essay Topics

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?

The author also repeats the idea that one should live in the now rather than dwelling on the past or on the future.

Part 1: Why is it so important to live in the now, in the present time and place?

Part 2: Do you think you tend to live in the now or do you live in other time periods?

Part 3: What might be some obstacles to living in the now? What sorts of problems may this way of living cause?

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?

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