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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. What is described in Section 8 as sprawled “on the bloody floor of the bedroom”?
(a) “The model.”
(b) “The suicide.”
(c) “A handkerchief.”
(d) “A murder victim.”

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

3. The narrator states in Section 7, “Undrape! You are not guilty to me, nor stale nor” what?
(a) “Forgotten.”
(b) “Ignored.”
(c) “Hated.”
(d) “Discarded.”

4. How old does the narrator of the poem claim to be in Section 1?
(a) 34.
(b) 29.
(c) 44.
(d) 37.

5. What instruments does the narrator describe playing in the opening of Section 18?
(a) Tubas and bass.
(b) Flutes and whistles.
(c) Cornets and drums.
(d) Drums and piano.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Section 21, the poet claims, “I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the” what?

2. What does the butcher-boy put off, according to the narrator in Section 12?

3. In the opening of Section 20, the narrator says, “Who goes there? Hankering, gross, mystical” and what?

4. What does the narrator say that seeing “at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books” in Section 24?

5. How does the poet describe the summer night in Section 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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”?

2. How does the poet’s delineation of “self” evolve in Section 5 of the poem?

3. How is “the lunatic” described in Section 15 of the poem?

4. What does the “twenty-ninth bather” represent metaphorically in Section 11?

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

6. What is Whitman’s “advice” to the reader in Section 11 of the poem?

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

8. What is the poet’s implication with the following lines from Section 4: “There was never any more inception than there is now, Nor any more youth or age than there is now”?

9. What does Walt Whitman praise and celebrate in Section 23 of the poem?

10. What symbolism and metaphor are illustrated in Section 9 of the poem?

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