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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. At the time of freedom, the soul can emerge fully and ponder the _________ one loves best.
2. ___________ are able to convey nature, enjoy materialism, become orators, and create from their own experiences.
3. Who does Whitman describe as sitting in the middle of the prison and causing a scene?
4. _________ sprouts push through the snow, helping to reveal the coming of Spring and of the month of March.
5. The metaphor of __________ is used in relation to the plowman, tilling to life, while the harvester harvests in the end.
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the lesson of the ebb of the ocean, according to the poem of Whitman?
2. To whom does Whitman compare the country of old Ireland, in his poem to this land?
3. What does the song have to include in itself in order to be considered universal?
4. What does a muse beckon Whitman to do in the beginning of these poems in this section?
5. What is an endless source of inspiration for poetry, according to the poems which the poet has created?
6. Why does Whitman pay homage to the young pioneers who forged ahead to find homes for themselves?
7. How is the meteor used as a metaphor in the poem called, "Year of Meteors," which Whitman has written?
8. What does Whitman point out happens no matter how many advancements science has made?
9. To what are the tides of the ocean compared to in life, according to the poems of Whitman?
10. How does Whitman describe Paumanok in the spring when he writes the poem "Sea-Drift"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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