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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 instrument is described as “the young man’s heart’s complaint” in Section 26?
(a) The bass.
(b) The flute.
(c) The clarinet.
(d) The violoncello.

2. The narrator claims in Section 26 that the “orchestra whirls me wider than” what?
(a) “Uranus flies.”
(b) “Canyons gape.”
(c) “Deserts spread.”
(d) “Mountains rise.”

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

4. Three of what are “whizzing in a row from three lusty angels with shirts bagg'd out at their waists” in Section 41?
(a) “Scarves.”
(b) “Scythes.”
(c) “Brooms.”
(d) “Whips.”

5. The narrator contends that he is the teacher of what, in the opening of Section 47?
(a) Historians.
(b) Scientists.
(c) Athletes.
(d) Teachers.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The narrator says in Section 46, “This day before dawn I ascended a hill and look’d at” what?

3. What does the poet say he opens at night to “see the far-sprinkled systems” in Section 45?

4. Of whom does the narrator say he “is closest to me, he knows me well” in Section 47?

5. According to the poet in Section 31, what “would adorn the parlors of heaven”?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How are “youth” and “age” described in Section 45?

6. What does the poet question and attempt to answer in Section 40 of the poem?

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

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

9. How are time and eternity defined in Section 44 of the poem?

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

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