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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 believes himself to be as trustful to his poems as a father is to his _______________.

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

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

4. What did Whitman once feel was impassive, ample, and spheric in nature, though he is changing his mind?

5. Whitman wonders how the real _______ can ever die and be buried in the end?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Whitman think about seeing the world through someone else's eyes, even if it is through the eyes of a poet?

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

4. 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?

5. What does Whitman proclaim about nature when he is talking about nature in this first section ?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman believes that no matter what science can uncover, the soul will supersede it.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman believes the soul is the most important part of the world experience?

Part 2: Why can't science be bigger than the experience of the soul?

Part 3: How do you feel about the importance of the soul versus the importance of science?

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