Song of Myself Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color, in addition to green, is considered the “tufted crown intentional” by the narrator in Section 13?

2. Section 17 ends with the line, “This is the common air that bathes” what?

3. The narrator compares months to what in Section 20?

4. The narrator claims in Section 14, “What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is” what?

5. Of “these thoughts,” the narrator says “If they are not the riddle and the untying of the riddle they are” what, in Section 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. What symbolism and metaphor are illustrated in Section 9 of the poem?

2. What is Whitman’s conclusion regarding “failure” in Section 18?

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

4. With whom does the poet relate in the beginning of Section 16?

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

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

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

8. How does Section 13 begin? What is the focus of this section of the poem?

9. What is Whitman’s “advice” to the reader in Section 11 of the poem?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the marriage of the trapper to the “red girl” in Section 10. What is the implied cultural history of the bride and her family? How does the poet describe the customs of the Native Americans in this section of the poem?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the War of 1812 as illustrated through the imagery from Sections 35 and 36 of “Song of Myself.” What characters does the poet describe? What is the setting? How does the poet describe the aftermath of the battle? Do you believe this is a realistic depiction of warfare?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Walt Whitman’s depictions of nature versus modernization, science, and technology. Do you think Whitman perceived science as being akin to spirituality? How did his viewpoints in the poem coincide with traditional thought?

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