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Beat! Beat! Drums!

Beat! Beat! Drums!


by Walt Whitman

Beat! Beat! Drums!: Since when do drums whirr? Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Beat! Beat! Drums!? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What historical event is "Beat! Beat! Drums!" about?

The American Revolution
The American Civil War
The Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party
Q. How many times does the speaker use the word "war"?

Q. Which line is repeated?

"So fierce you whirr and pound, you drums—so shrill you bugles blow"
"Make no parley—stop for no expostulation"
"Beat! beat! drums!—Blow! bugles! blow!"
"O terrible drums"
Q. What does the first line sound like?

Iambic pentameter
A simile
Q. Whom does the poet not want the drums to interrupt?

Old men