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

2. What is the title of the poem which begins "forms, qualities, lives, humanity, language, thoughts...."?

3. Whitman says that he sings the songs of the glory of ___________, not God.

4. Who does Whitman say the person in the poem "Europe" was paid to do?

5. Whitman says that he often looks up at the perfect __________ of the stars during walks in the night.

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 the song have to include in itself in order to be considered universal?

4. Whose philosophies does Whitman respect without any exceptions, according to the writing?

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

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

7. What does Whitman question about the world when he sees the felons being shackled and held in the court?

8. Who are the phantoms to which Whitman refers in his poems about love being lost?

9. Why is an old man in the poem "Prayers of Columbus" too full of woe, according to Whitman's poem?

10. To what are the tides of the ocean compared to in life, according to the poems of Whitman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman talks a lot about the idea of democracy and how it differs today from the way it began.

Part 1: How do you see democracy working in today's world?

Part 2: Do you think democracy is an effective system of making decisions and governing people?

Part 3: Why do you think Whitman wants to talk about democracy in his poems?

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

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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