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

2. In describing his body in Section 3, the narrator claims, “Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is” what?
(a) “Without pain.”
(b) “Immune.”
(c) “Vile.”
(d) “Diseased.”

3. The narrator says in Section 24, “I speak the pass-word primeval, I give the sign of” what?
(a) “Socialism.”
(b) “Monarchy.”
(c) “Illuminati.”
(d) “Democracy.”

4. Whose proper name is stated in the poem in the beginning of Section 24?
(a) Teddy Roosevelt's.
(b) Walt Whitman’s.
(c) William Shakespeare’s.
(d) John Muir's.

5. The narrator makes a statement equating stoutness with what animal in Section 3?
(a) A buffalo.
(b) A cow.
(c) A moose.
(d) A horse.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the conclusion of Section 6, the narrator states that “to die is different from what any one supposed, and” what?

3. How old does the narrator of the poem claim to be in Section 1?

4. For how long does the narrator say the runaway slave stayed with him in Section 10?

5. Who does the “red girl” marry in Section 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. After calling out to the Earth in Section 21, what does Whitman address in Section 22?

7. For whom does Whitman describe playing victory marches in Section 18?

8. Over what elements does the poet describe Earth reigning in Section 21?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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