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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator compares months to what in Section 20?
(a) Earthquakes.
(b) Canyons.
(c) Vacuums.
(d) Oceans.

2. The narrator claims to “lean and loafe at my ease observing” what, in Section 1?
(a) “A falling autumn leaf.”
(b) “The falling flakes of snow.”
(c) “A blooming spring flower.”
(d) “A spear of summer grass.”

3. Who does the “red girl” marry in Section 10?
(a) The painter.
(b) The trapper.
(c) The fisherman.
(d) The lumberjack.

4. What word from Section 5 refers to a beam fastened to the keel of a vessel for strength?
(a) Plank.
(b) Jib.
(c) Rudder.
(d) Kelson.

5. To what does the narrator say “the other I am not must not abase itself to you” in Section 5?
(a) “My scalp.”
(b) “My intestines.”
(c) “My soul.”
(d) “My youth.”

Short Answer Questions

1. Section 9 begins with a description of the big doors of what building standing open?

2. What word does the poet describe as “a word of the modern” in Section 23?

3. The narrator claims in Section 7, “I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash’d babe, and am not contain’d between my” what?

4. Who “sets traps on the creek that helps fill the Huron” in Section 15?

5. What is described in Section 8 as sprawled “on the bloody floor of the bedroom”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What “characters” does the poet embody in Section 10?

2. What foreshadowing is exhibited in Section 1 of the poem? How is the universal “I” set up in this section?

3. What imagery is the focus of Section 11 of the poem?

4. What new journey does the poet embark upon beginning in Section 8 of the poem?

5. How have critics and scholars interpreted the following sexually implicit lines in Section 5: “How you settled your head athwart my hips and gently turn'd over upon me”?

6. How does Section 13 begin? What is the focus of this section of the poem?

7. What is Whitman’s conclusion regarding “failure” in Section 18?

8. How does the poet define “I” and “you” in response to his own questions in Section 20?

9. How does the poet relate the quality of “aroma” and of the air in Section 2?

10. Whom does the poet invite to eat the meal in Section 19?

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