Leaves of Grass Test | Final 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. What does Whitman say the man is now that he has tears in his face at the sight of the waters?

2. Who is sultry with perfumes, with ample and flowing garments, florid with blood, hot with passion?

3. What causes Whitman to wander noiselessly and to bend over other sleepers, wandering and confused?

4. What are NOT one of the images of people who sleep well, which Whitman includes in his poems for comparison?

5. As people walk down the street, their ________ convey more than their words ever could, according to Whitman.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the song have to include in itself in order to be considered universal?

2. What does a muse beckon Whitman to do in the beginning of these poems in this section?

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

4. What is the lesson of the ebb of the ocean, according to the poem of Whitman?

5. To whom does Whitman compare the country of old Ireland, in his poem to this land?

6. What does Whitman point out happens no matter how many advancements science has made?

7. Why does Whitman pay homage to the young pioneers who forged ahead to find homes for themselves?

8. What does Whitman ask the soul to do in the poems about addressing the idea of mortality?

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

10. How is the plowman used in reference and as a metaphor for death in Whitman's poem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Whitman is very focused on writing about himself in his poems. He wants to focus on the idea of his observations and the way he interprets his world.

Part 1: Do you think it's limiting to only show the world through one set of eyes?

Part 2: How do you think Whitman could have improved his poems and extended the way he described the world?

Part 3: Why do you think so many writers and poets use only their own experience to write? Is this a good or a bad thing?

Essay Topic 3

Whitman's writing seems to be filled with wonder and awe at the world and all of its inhabitants.

Part 1: Why do you think Whitman is so in awe of the world?

Part 2: How do you feel about the world and about the creatures within it?

Part 3: Do you think that you can cultivate awe and wonder in the world? Or is it inherent?

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