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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 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?
(a) “Socks and belt.”
(b) “Belt and tie.”
(c) “Hat and boots.”
(d) “Tie and socks.”

2. What does the butcher-boy put off, according to the narrator in Section 12?
(a) “His resting clothes.”
(b) “His killing-clothes.”
(c) “His church clothes.”
(d) “His working clothes.”

3. What kind of boat is described “under her sky-sails” in Section 10?
(a) A Yankee clipper.
(b) A Confederate frigate.
(c) A destroyer.
(d) A schooner.

4. The narrator exclaims in Section 18, “Vivas to those who have” what?
(a) “Succeed’d!”
(b) “Love’d!.”
(c) “Fail’d!”
(d) “Wonder’d!”

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator claims in Section 2 that the atmosphere “has no taste of” what?

2. The narrator describes “Houses and rooms” full of what in the beginning of Section 2?

3. What question does the narrator say a child asked in Section 6?

4. The narrator claims “I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or” what, in Section 20?

5. The narrator asserts in Section 20, “In all people I see” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What motif reappears in Section 17? Why does the poet use this motif here?

2. What comparison of women and men is made by the poet in Section 21?

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

4. What Christian allusion can be seen in the opening of Section 21?

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

6. What is the metaphorical meaning in the following lines from Section 7: “Has any one supposed it lucky to be born? / I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.”?

7. 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”?

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

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

10. What motif returns to the narrative in Section 6? How is this motif examined here?

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