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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. Where did Whitman say that he sat studying the older times of American? The feet of ___________.

2. Whitman believes that the words of true ________ do not merely please those who read them.

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

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

5. Where does Whitman say there are beautiful hills which should be recognized as such?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Whitman describe the touches of the lover as they are making love in the grass with each other?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Poetry is something which can resonate with readers and it can also create problems for other readers.

Part 1: Do you enjoy reading poetry? What are your immediate reactions to the idea of poetry?

Part 2: How might poetry not be enjoyable for you? What obstacles are in the way of your enjoyment?

Part 3: Why do you think poetry continues to be created as opposed to writing fiction instead?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The overt sexual language of Whitman can surprise some people as this does not seem to be something which is expected.

Part 1: Did you expect to find so much sexual language and description in this collection of poems?

Part 2: Did the sexual themes detract from your enjoyment of Whitman's work?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman felt he needed to include so much sexual poetry in this collection?

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