Whitman's "Song Of Myself"

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Song Of Myself Quizzes & Trivia

Read each of these passages from "Song of Myself. " Then determine which statement comes closest to the attitude or world view that Whitman expresses in the passage. Take a screenshot of your score report to submit on the next page.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    I loaf and invite my soul.  I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
    • A. 

      a. People should not interfere with nature.

    • B. 

      b. Observation of nature is a valuable activity.

    • C. 

      c. Only lazy people have time to enjoy nature.

  • 2. 
    There are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me, / If they are not yours as much they are mine they are nothing, or next to nothing.
    • A. 

      a. Any individual's voice is a humble voice, prone to error.

    • B. 

      b. The human soul is essentially the same in every time and place.

    • C. 

      c. If poetry does not express new ideas and feelings, it is worthless.

  • 3. 
    I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,  Hoping to cease not till death.
    • A. 

      a. Life is an active business, not a passive one.

    • B. 

      b. Good health is essential to leading a good life.

    • C. 

      c. As one grows older, one naturally slows down.

  • 4. 
    The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night,  Ya-honk he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation.
    • A. 

      a. Wild creatures can inspire a sense of adventure in people.

    • B. 

      b. People are essentially followers, looking for a strong leader.

    • C. 

      c. Birds are unpleasant creatures that send secret messages few humans can understand.

  • 5. 
     Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, /  (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
    • A. 

      a. People who contradict themselves are phony hypocrites.

    • B. 

      b. To feel shame for being overweight is a foolish contradiction.

    • C. 

      c. The human spirit is capable of contradictions, which is no bad thing.