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Walt Whitman Quiz

Test your knowledge of the famous American poet, Walt Whitman.

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Test your knowledge of the famous American poet, Walt Whitman.

1. "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" is about which U.S. president?

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Theodore Roosevelt

2. What is the more common English name for Paumanok, Whitman's childhood home?

  • Manhattan Island
  • Staten Island
  • Long Island
  • Coney Island

3. In section 51 of Song of Myself, which line follows "Do I contradict myself?"

  • Very well then I contradict myself.
  • I do not think I contradict myself.
  • Contradiction is the hobgoblin of little minds.
  • I guess you got me there.

4. What is the "strong and delicious word" the sea whispers to the narrator in "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking?"

  • Love
  • Hope
  • Surf
  • Death

5. What best describes the poetry Whitman wrote?

  • Blank verse
  • Free verse
  • Accentual verse
  • Universe

6. The narrator of "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"...

  • ...learns to appreciate the stars through science.
  • ...becomes the astronomer's apprentice.
  • ..becomes tired of the lecture, and prefers to appreciate the stars in silence.
  • ...would rather go to the garden and dwell on Earth, not among the stars.

7. In section 52 of Song of Myself, what does the poet sound over the roofs of the world?

  • A barbaric yawp
  • A joyful shout
  • A howl
  • A silent sigh

8. At the start of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," the poet finds the "Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes" to be:

  • Repulsive
  • Boring
  • Revitalizing
  • Curious

9. After publishing Leaves of Grass, Whitman...

  • ...wrote many more books of poetry.
  • ...added more poems to it and published it again, expanding his one book for the rest of his life.
  • ...never published a book again. Instead, he wrote poems for magazines and newspapers.
  • Actually, Leaves of Grass was first published after Whitman died.

10. Which of the following is not named in "I Hear America Singing"?

  • The carpenter
  • The shoemaker
  • The governor
  • The mason

1. "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" is about which U.S. president?
Abraham Lincoln

2. What is the more common English name for Paumanok, Whitman's childhood home?
Long Island

3. In section 51 of Song of Myself, which line follows "Do I contradict myself?"
Very well then I contradict myself.

4. What is the "strong and delicious word" the sea whispers to the narrator in "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking?"
Death

5. What best describes the poetry Whitman wrote?
Free verse

6. The narrator of "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"...
..becomes tired of the lecture, and prefers to appreciate the stars in silence.

7. In section 52 of Song of Myself, what does the poet sound over the roofs of the world?
A barbaric yawp

8. At the start of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," the poet finds the "Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes" to be:
Curious

9. After publishing Leaves of Grass, Whitman...
...added more poems to it and published it again, expanding his one book for the rest of his life.

10. Which of the following is not named in "I Hear America Singing"?
The governor

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