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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2008) I

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I. Multiple Choice(40 points in all, 1for each)
1.The Renaissance is actually a movement stimulated by a series of historical events EXCEPT___B______.
A.the rediscovery of ancient Roman and Greek culture
B.the vast expansion of British colonies in North America
C.the new discoveries in geography and astrology
D.the religious reformation and the economic expansion
2.Henry Fielding has been regarded by some as “___A____”,for his contribution to the establishment of the form of the modern novel.
A.Father of the English Novel B.Father of the English Poetry
C.Father of the English Drama D.Father of the English Short Story
3.T.S.Eliot’s most important single poem __B_____has been hailed as a landmark and a model of the 20th-century English poetry.
A.The Hollow Man B.The Waste Land
C.Murder in the Cathedral D.Ash Wednesday
4.George Bernard Shaw’s play __D_____ established his position as the leading play-wright of his time.
A.Widowers’ Houses B.Too True to Be Good
C.Mrs. Warren’s Profession D.Candida
5.William Blake’s central concern in the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience is__B_____, which gives the two books a strong social and historical reference.
A.youthhood B.childhood
C.happiness D.sorrow
6.All of the following works are known as Hardy’s “novels of character and environment” EXCETP__D_____.
A.The Return of the Native B.Tess of the D’Urbervilles
C.Jude the Obscure D.Far from the Madding Crowd
7.Among the works by Charles Dickens __D_____ presents his criticism of the Utilitarian principle that rules over the English education system and destroys young hearts and minds.
A.Bleak House B.Pickwick Paper
C.Great Expectations D.Hard Times
8.The most distinguishing feature of Charles Dickens’ works is his ___C____.
A.simple vocabulary B.bitter and sharp criticism
C.character-portrayal of happiness
9.Among the following writers __A_____ created the verse novel by adopting the novelistic presentation of characters.
A.Robert Browning B.Matthew Arnold
C.Alfred Tennyson D.Edward Fitzgerald
10.“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good for-tune, must be in want of a wife.” The quoted part is taken from ___C___.
A.Jane Eyre B.Wuthering Heights
C.Pride and Prejudice D.Sense and Sensibility
11.Because of her sensitivity to universal patterns of human behavior, __B____ has brought the English novel ,as an art of form, to its maturity.
A.Charlotte Brontë B.Jane Austen
C.Emily Brontë D.Ann Radcliffe
12.Shelley’s greatest achievement is his four-act poetic drama __C____, which is an exultant work in praise of humankind’s potential.
A.Adonais B.Queen Mab
C.Prometheus Unbound D.A Defence of Poetry
13.The assertion that poetry originates from “emotion recollected in tranquility” belongs to ___A___.
A.William Wordsworth B.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
C.Robert Southey D.William Blake
14.All of the following poems by William Wordsworth are masterpieces on nature EXCEPT __D____.
A.“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” B.“An Evening Walk”
C.“Tintern Abbey” D.“The Solitary Reaper”
15.All of the following are stream –of- consciousness novels EXCEPT___D_____.
A.Pilgrimage B.Ulysses
C.Mrs. Dalloway D.Tess of the D’ Urbervilles
16.Shakespeare’s four greatest tragedies are __C______.
A.Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, Hamlet
B.Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice
C.Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth
D.Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Hamlet
17.As one of the greatest masters of English prose, ___B_____ defined a good style as “proper words in proper places”.
A.Henry Fielding B.Jonathan Swift
C.Samuel Johnson D.Alexander Pope
18.All of the following novels by Daniel Defoe are the first literary works devoted to the study of problems of the lower-class people EXCEPT __A____.
A.Robinson Crusoe B.Captain Singleton
C.Moll Flanders D.Colonel Jack
19.Among the three major works by John Milton __D____ is indeed the only generally acknowledged epic in English literature since Beowulf.
A.Paradise Regained B.Samson Agonistes
C.Lycidas D.Paradise Lost
20.English Romanticism, as a historical phase of literature, is generally said to have ended in 1832 with __A____.
A.the passage of the first Reform Bill in the Parliament
B.the publication of Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads
C.the publication of T.S.Eliot’s The waste Land
D.the passage of the Bill of Rights in the Parliament
21.Contrary to the traditional romance of aristocrats, the modern English novel gives a realistic presentation of life of __A____.
A.the common English people B.the upper class
C.the rising bourgeoisie D.the enterprising landlords
22.The major concern of __C____ fiction lies in the tracing of the psychological development of his characters and in his energetic criticism of the dehumanizing effect of the capitalist industrialization on human nature.
A.John Galsworthy’s B.Thomas Hardy’s
C.D.H.Lawrence’s D.Charles Dickens’
23.The Nobel Prize Committee highly praised __B____ for “his powerful style-forming mastery of the art” of creating modern fiction.
A.Ezra Pound B.Ernest Hemingway
C.Robert Frost D.Theodore Dreiser
24.In 1950,___A___ was awarded the Nobel Prize for the anti-racist Intruder in the Dust.
A.William Faulkner B.Robert Frost
C.Ezra Pound D.Ernest Hemingway
25.Herman Melville wrote his semi-autobiographical novel ___B___ concerning the sufferings of a genteel youth among brutal sailors.
A.Typee B.Redburn
C.Moby-Dick D.Mardi
26.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and, especially, its sequence __A____ proved themselves to be the milestone in the American literature.
A.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn B.Life on the Mississippi
C.The Gilded Age D.Roughing It
27.The Portrait of A Lady is generally considered to be __C____ masterpiece, which describes the life journey of an American ___C_____ in a European cultural environment.
A.Henry Adams’…widow B.William James’…girl
C.Henry James’…girl D.Theodore Dreiser’s…widow
28.Hawthorne intended to __D____ in The Scarlet Letter.
A.tell a story of parental love
B.tell a story of sin and bloody violence the readers back to the plantation way of living
D.reveal the human psyche after they sinned
29.“The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.” This “iceberg” analogy is put forward by __D____.
A.Mark Twain B.Ezra Pound
C.William Faulkner D.Ernest Hemingway
30.In many of Hawthorne’s stories and novels, the Puritan concept of life is condemned, or the Puritan past is shown in an almost totally negative light, especially in his __D____ and The Scarlet Letter.
A.Twice-Told Tales B.The Blithedale Romance
C.The Marble Faun D.The House of the Seven Gables
31.The white whale, Moby Dick, symbolizes ___B_____ for Melville, for it is complex, unfathomable, malignant, and beautiful as well.
A.society B.nature
C.ocean animals D.both A and C
32.After the American Civil War, the literary interest in the so-called “reality” of life started a new period in the American literary writings know an the Age of ___A___.
A.Realism B.Reason and Revolution
C.Romanticism D.Modernism
33.H.L.Mencken considered ___B___ “the true father of our national literature”.
A.Bret Harte B.Mark Twain
C.Washington Irving D.Walt Whitman
34.Altogether, Emily Dickinson wrote 1775 poems, of which only _C_____ had appeared during her lifetime.
A.three B.five D.nine
35.The _B_____ Age of the 1920s characterized by frivolity and carelessness is brought vividly to life in The Great Gatsby.
A.Lost B.Jazz
C.Reason D.Gilded
36.Robert Frost is generally considered a regional poet whose subject matters mainly focus on the landscape and people in __D____.
A.the west B.the south
C.Alaska D.New England
37.As ___C___ saw it, poetry could play a vital part in the process of creating a new nation. It could enable Americans to celebrate their release from the Old World and the colonial rule.
A.Wordsworth Longfellow B.William Bryant
C.Walt Whitman D.Robert Frost
38.Walt Whitman is a poet with a strong sense of mission, having devoted all his life to the creation of the  “single” poem, _D_____.
A.The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock B.The Waste Land
C.Murder in the Cathedral D.Leaves of Grass
39.Realism was a reaction against Romanticism and paved the way to __A____.
A.Modernism B.Scientism
C.Post-Modernism D.Feminism
40.Mark Twain employed an unpretentious style of __C____ in his novels which is best described as “vernacular”.
A.standard English B.Afro-American English
C.colloquialism D.urbanism

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