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 is piercing through the storm, piercing and pealing as the storm rises up?

2. Who does Whitman want to kiss him, to touch him on the lips as he touches those he loves?

3. Who does Whitman say that is is close with, murmuring alike reproachfully rolling sands and drift?

4. What is the one thing that Whitman says the President has not learned of during his life so far?

5. What causes the soldiers to fall into step and to arm themselves?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to the summer rains, according to Whitman's poem "Autumn Rivulets"?

5. What does the poem "Passage to India" have to share about this country and about its progress in the world?

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

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

8. Why is it sad when one of the birds in a couple dies and the other one does not know it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman could be described as being appreciative of people, in all of their forms.

Part 1: Why do you think writers are so appreciative of people and their many forms?

Part 2: How do you think people are done a service by being described by poets and writers?

Part 3: Do you think people are the most important sources of inspiration for writers?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman seems to have a very strong sense of patriotism and allegiance to the United States.

Part 1: Did you find it surprising that Whitman was so patriotic? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think it's important to have a strong sense of patriotism as a creative person?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman felt so strongly about the United States that he had to include poems about patriotism?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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