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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 poet says in Section 31 that he believes what “is no less than the journey-work of the stars”?
(a) “A flying bird.”
(b) “A newborn sheep.”
(c) “A swimming fish.”
(d) “A leaf of grass.”

2. The poet says in Section 31, “In vain the buzzard houses herself with” what?
(a) “Sticks and leaves.”
(b) “Bark and moss.”
(c) “The sky.”
(d) “The clouds.”

3. Section 45 begins, “O span of youth! Ever-push’d” what?
(a) “Elasticity!”
(b) “Discovery!”
(c) “Adolescence!”
(d) “Boundaries!”

4. According to the poet in Section 30, “All truths wait in” what?
(a) “Clouds of mystery.”
(b) “All things.”
(c) “Balls of lies.”
(d) “Due time.”

5. What “send their old heat against my approach,” according to the poet in Section 31?
(a) “The plutonic rocks.”
(b) “The willowy trees.”
(c) “The grains of sand.”
(d) “The vacant air.”

Short Answer Questions

1. The poet asks the reader in the opening of Section 35, “Would you hear of an old-time” what?

2. The narrator asserts in Section 31 that “the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all” what?

3. The poet tells the dying in Section 40, “I dilate you with” what?

4. Who is described as the son of Kronos in Section 41?

5. The poet states in Section 27, “I merely stir, press, feel with my fingers, and am” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Whitman address the faults of mankind in Section 32?

2. What is the central message in Section 29 of the poem?

3. What setting does the narrator take the reader to in Section 34?

4. Which of the five senses is introduced in Section 27? What animal is cited in this section?

5. How is the motif of the journey described in Section 46 of the poem?

6. What is implied of “the journey” of life in Section 44?

7. Why and how does Whitman turn to the sense of sound in Section 26?

8. What is the purpose of the religious allusion in Sections 41 and 42 of the poem?

9. How does Whitman address the vastness of the world in Section 33?

10. In what way is the concept of “rebirth” illustrated in Section 38?

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