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 hears that some people believe that he is trying to destroy ____________, which confuses him.

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

3. Underneath all of the mysticism, what does Whitman say that he sees in the man for his comrade?

4. "You furnish your parts toward eternity, Great or small, you furnish your parts toward the ________."

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are some of the features of the Paumanok area of Long Island which makes the area special to Whitman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The body is something which Whitman seems to worship as a part of his experience as being human.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so fascinated with the human body?

Part 2: What are your feelings about the human body and whether it should be celebrated?

Part 3: Do you think that the human body is something which could be described as divine?

Essay Topic 2

While Whitman also addresses a number of metaphysical issues, he also talks about God and Jesus.

Part 1: Do you think that metaphysical and Christian ideas can coexist?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman feels about the idea of religion in general?

Part 3: How do you you feel about faith, spirituality, and religion? Are they all connected in some way? Do they have to be?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman points out that the inhabitants of America want nothing more than to be unique and to have their own identity.

Part 1: How would you describe the idea of being unique?

Part 2: Do you feel it is important for you to have your own identity?

Part 3: Why is it so important for people to create their own identity in the world? Or isn't it?

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