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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2009) II

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II. Reading Comprehension (16 points in all, 4 for each)
Read  the  quoted  parts  carefully  and  answer  the  questions  in  English.  Write  your  answers  in  the corresponding space on the answer sheet.

41.
Wherefore feed and clothe and save From the cradle to the grave
Those ungrateful drones who would
Drain your sweat- nay, drink your blood?

Questions:
A. Identify the poet and the title of the poem from which the stanza is taken.
B. What figure of speech is used in Line 2?
C. Whom does “drones” refer to?

Answer:
A: The Men of England by Percy Bysshe Shelley
B. Metaphor
C. Drones: the male of the honey-bees that do not work, referring here to the parasitic class in human society.

42.
The following quotation is from one of the poems by T. S. Eliot:

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous,
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;

Questions:
A. Identify the title of the poem from which the quoted part is taken.
B. Who's the speaker of the quoted lines?
C. What does the first line show about the speaker?

Answer:
A. The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.
B. Prufrock.
C: An allusion to Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be,” from Hamlet. The speaker recognizes that he probably plays a relatively unimportant part in the grand design….

43
There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.

Questions:
A. Identify the poet.
B. From which poem and which collection of the poet are these lines taken?
C. What does the poet describe in the poem?

Answer:
A. Walt Whitman
B. There Was a Child Went Forth; Leaves of Grass.
C. This poem describes the growth of a child who learned about the world around him and improved himself accordingly.

44.
I heard a Fly buzz- when I died
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air
Between the Heaves of Storm
The Eyes around- had wrung them dry
And Breaths were gathering firm
For that last Onset- when the King
Be witnessed - in the Room

Questions:
A. Identify the poet.
B. What does “the King” refer to?
C. What moment is the poem trying to describe?

Answer:
A. Emily Dickinson
B. the King refers to the God of death.
C. the poem trying to describe the moment of death.
the author even imagined her own death, the loss of her own body, and the journey of her soul to the unknown

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