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

2. The narrator says in Section 14, “The press of my foot to the earth springs a hundred” what?
(a) “Prayers.”
(b) “Affections.”
(c) “Recollections.”
(d) “Thoughts.”

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

4. The narrator claims in Section 14, “What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is” what?
(a) “Me.”
(b) “Peter.”
(c) “God.”
(d) “William.”

5. Who does the narrator ask in Section 13, “What is it that you express in your eyes?”
(a) The cows.
(b) The goats.
(c) The horses.
(d) The oxen.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator of the poem claims in Section 1 that “what I assume you shall” what?

2. The narrator asserts in Section 18 that “battles are lost in the same spirit in which” what?

3. In describing his body in Section 3, the narrator claims, “Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is” what?

4. What kind of boat is described “under her sky-sails” in Section 10?

5. The narrator states in Section 7, “Undrape! You are not guilty to me, nor stale nor” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.”?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is signified by these lines from Section 1: “I loafe and invite my soul, / I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass”?

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

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

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