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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 proclaims in Section 42, “This is the city and I am one of the” what?
(a) “Children.”
(b) “Leaders.”
(c) “Caretakers.”
(d) “Citizens.”

2. The narrator describes the judge in Section 26 as “with hands tight to the desk, his pallid lips pronouncing” what?
(a) “A life-sentence.”
(b) “A minimum sentence.”
(c) “A death-sentence.”
(d) “Community service.”

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

4. Who is described as the son of Kronos in Section 41?
(a) Odin.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Hercules.
(d) Midas.

5. The poet claims in Section 48 that “whoever walks a furlong without” what “walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud”?
(a) “Chivalry.”
(b) “Learning.”
(c) “Sympathy.”
(d) “Appreciation.”

Short Answer Questions

1. What Norse god does Whitman describe in Section 41?

2. What is referred to as “a chef-d’oeuvre for the highest” in Section 31?

3. Of animals, the poet says in Section 32, “Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of” what?

4. To whom does the narrator say the sentries have left him helpless in Section 28?

5. “Behavior” is described as “lawless” as what in Section 39?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. With what characters does the narrator relate in Section 37?

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

7. How are the Native Americans depicted in Section 39?

8. How does the poet relate truth and nature in Sections 30 and 31?

9. What does the poet remark about animals in the opening of Section 32?

10. What conclusions does the poet reach in Section 31?

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