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

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II.Reading Comprehension (16 points in all,4 for each)
41.“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:”
Questions:
A.Identify the poet and the poem from which the quoted lines are taken.
Shakespeare;Sonnet 18.
B.Name the figure of speech employed in the poem.
Personification.
C.What is the theme of the poem?
A nice summer’s day is usually transient,but the beauty in poetry can last for ever.

42.“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? —You think wrong!… And if God had gifted me with some beauty, and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you…—it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal—as we are!”
Questions:
A.Identify the author and the novel from which the quoted part is taken.
Charlotte Bronte;Jane Eyre.
B.To whom is the speaker speaking?
Jane Eyre is speaking to Rochester.
C.What does the quoted part imply about the speaker?
Jane Eyre loves Rochester but she values her basic rights and equality as human being.

43.“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
Questions:
A.Identify the poet and the poem from which the quoted lines are taken.
Robert Frost::“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.
B.What does the word “sleep” mean?
Die.
C.What idea do the four lines express?
When facing the still and lovely forest, the speaker cannot stay, because of his obligation and responsibilities.

44.“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I learn and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.”
(from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”)
Questions:
A.Whom does “myself” refer to?
The poet himself and the American people.
B.How do you understand the line “I loafe and invite my soul”?
The line indicates a separation of the body and soul.
C.What does “a spear of summer grass” indicate?
The phrase indicates Whitman’s optimism and experience.

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