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Whitman’s Poetry

Walt Whitman

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1. Paumanok is the Native American term for what?

2. In “Starting from Paumanok,” from which of the following does Whitman say he will make poems?

3. Toward the end of “Song of Myself,” Whitman says he will make what kind of sound?

4. An important section of “Song of Myself” describes twenty-nine

5. What is the major symbol Whitman works through in “Song of Myself”?

6. In “I Sing the Body Electric,” the human body is described as

7. The man Whitman describes in “Body Electric” is

8. The repeated word “Allons!” in “Song of the Open Road” translates as:

9. In “Song of the Open Road,” what is the “efflux of the soul”?

10. In “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” Whitman claims that identity is received through

11. Generations communicate, in “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” through

12. What animal does the poet commune with in “Out of the Cradle”?

13. What is the word the sea gives the poet in “Out of the Cradle”?

14. Where is the poem “As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life” set?

15. The tone of the poem “As I Ebb’d” can best be described as

16. Whose death does “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” commemorate?

17. What kind of poem is “When Lilacs Last”?

18. Who or what speaks to the poet in “By Blue Ontario’s Shore”?

19. How does Whitman describe the role of the poet in “Blue Ontario”?

20. In “The Sleepers,” who tells Whitman the story of the Indian woman?

21. Which historical figure makes an appearance in “The Sleepers”?

22. How many editions of Leaves of Grass did Whitman publish?

23. During the Civil War, Whitman held several jobs. Which of the following was not one of them?

24. Which previous American writer was a great influence on Whitman?

25. Which of the following is the title of Whitman’s collection of war poetry?

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