"Oh Captain! My Captain" - "I Saw Old General At Bay" - Honors

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"Oh Captain! My Captain" - "I Saw Old General At Bay" - Honors

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which phrase most expresses the difficult time the ship has had in “O Captain! My Captain!”?  
    • A. 

      “O Captain!”

    • B. 

      “our fearful trip”

    • C. 

      “prize we sought”

    • D. 

      “the bells I hear”

  • 2. 
    What sound welcomes the ship as it arrives in port in “O Captain! My Captain!”?  
    • A. 

      Bells ringing

    • B. 

      Wind blowing

    • C. 

      A heart beating

    • D. 

      The Captain falling

  • 3. 
    Whitman describes the Captain’s death as a dream because he ...  
    • A. 

      Realizes that the Captain is still alive

    • B. 

      Remembers a dream about the Captain

    • C. 

      Only imagines seeing the Captain dead

    • D. 

      Wishes so much that it were only a dream

  • 4. 
    Which piece of historical background for “O Captain! My Captain!” best explains the following line of the poem?  My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
    • A. 

      President Lincoln’s death was tragic.

    • B. 

      The poet took care of injured soldiers.

    • C. 

      The poet had many feelings about the war.

    • D. 

      The Civil War ended in the spring of 1865.

  • 5. 
    What is the speaker doing at the end of “O Captain! My Captain!”?  
    • A. 

      Standing on shore

    • B. 

      Ringing the ship’s bell

    • C. 

      Falling from the deck

    • D. 

      Walking the deck sadly

  • 6. 
    The repetition of the phrase "fallen cold and dead" emphasizes what idea?  
    • A. 

      Speaker’s anger at the victory celebration

    • B. 

      Way the speaker walks around the Captain

    • C. 

      Speaker’s desire to tell the news of the death

    • D. 

      Importance of the tragic death to the speaker

  • 7. 
    Why is there an emergency in “I Saw Old General at Bay”?  
    • A. 

      Enemy troops surround the soldiers.

    • B. 

      Too few soldiers volunteer.

    • C. 

      The general cannot see.

    • D. 

      Night is coming on.

  • 8. 
    The number of volunteers in “I Saw Old General at Bay” shows that  
    • A. 

      Everyone wants to escape death

    • B. 

      The general makes his men fearful

    • C. 

      The soldiers are loyal to the general

    • D. 

      Everyone wants to fight to the death

  • 9. 
    The selected volunteers respond to getting their instructions in “I Saw Old General at Bay” by  
    • A. 

      Becoming afraid

    • B. 

      Changing their minds

    • C. 

      Doubting the adjutant

    • D. 

      Listening very carefully

  • 10. 
    The leader in each poem has earned  
    • A. 

      Cheering

    • B. 

      Death

    • C. 

      Loyalty

    • D. 

      Victory

  • 11. 
    What does the speaker in “O Captain! My Captain!” express by using the words “my Captain” in the title and throughout the poem?  
    • A. 

      The speaker is related to the Captain.

    • B. 

      The Captain’s death must remain a secret.

    • C. 

      The speaker feels very loyal to the Captain.

    • D. 

      Only the Captain and speaker are on the ship.

  • 12. 
    What are the people on shore doing in the following line?   While follow eyes the steady keel,3 the vessel grim and daring:
    • A. 

      Watching the ship as it sails home

    • B. 

      Trying to sail out and follow the ship

    • C. 

      Enjoying the sound of the ship’s bells

    • D. 

      Wondering about the prize the ship has won

  • 13. 
    Asking the Captain to “rise up” from the deck is the speaker’s way to express his  
    • A. 

      Belief in an afterlife for the Captain

    • B. 

      Wish that the dead Captain could rise

    • C. 

      Excitement at the ringing of the bells

    • D. 

      Attempt to hide the death from other people

  • 14. 
    Who calls for the Captain as the ship sails into the port in “O Captain! My Captain!”?  
    • A. 

      Eager crowds on shore

    • B. 

      The Captain’s children

    • C. 

      All the ship’s sailors

    • D. 

      A large marching band

  • 15. 
    Consider Whitman’s style in the following line of “O Captain! My Captain!” The description of the ship’s safety is ironic because the The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
    • A. 

      Crowds are trying to take over the ship

    • B. 

      Speaker fears that lives are in danger

    • C. 

      Ship’s Captain lies dead on the deck

    • D. 

      Ship is still trying to sail to safety

  • 16. 
    Consider the historical context of “O Captain! My Captain!” The references to a finished voyage most likely symbolizes  
    • A. 

      Lincoln’s assassination

    • B. 

      The end of the Civil War

    • C. 

      The last warship’s arrival

    • D. 

      Injured soldiers’ recovery

  • 17. 
    What does the speaker in “I Saw Old General at Bay” think about the General’s age?  
    • A. 

      The General’s sight is too poor to lead troops.

    • B. 

      Although old, the General still has energy.

    • C. 

      Soldiers deny that their General is old.

    • D. 

      The General is too old to win a battle.

  • 18. 
    It is likely that the adjutant in “I Saw Old General at Bay” looks “very grave” because  
    • A. 

      The volunteers’ mission is very dangerous

    • B. 

      He believes that the General’s plan is wrong

    • C. 

      He also wants to volunteer to run enemy lines

    • D. 

      The volunteers misunderstand their instructions

  • 19. 
    What quality of the army seems to impress the speaker the most in “I Saw Old General at Bay?”  
    • A. 

      Brilliant military planning

    • B. 

      Expressions of seriousness

    • C. 

      Recognition of an emergency

    • D. 

      Loyalty in dire circumstances

  • 20. 
    What is one idea that both poems express?  
    • A. 

      All wars come to a successful end.

    • B. 

      People are unaware how to win a war.

    • C. 

      War creates many reasons to celebrate.

    • D. 

      War puts good people in serious danger.

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