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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2010) I

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I Multiple Choice(40 points in all, 1 for each)
Select from the four choices of each item the one that best answers the question or completes the
statement. Write the corresponding letter A, B, C or D on the answer sheet.

1. T. S. Eliot’ s ___D___ bearing a strong thematic resemblance to The Waste Land, is generally regarded as the darkest of Eliot’ s poems.
A. “Gerontion” B. “Prufrock”
C. Murder in the Cathedral D. The Hollow Men

2. Shelley’ s political lyrics __D____ is not only a war cry calling upon all working people to rise up
against their political oppressors, but an address to them pointing out the intolerable injustice of
economic exploitation.
A. “Ode to Liberty” B. “Ode to Naples”
C. “Ode to the West Wind” D. “Men of England”

3. Charlotte’ s works are famous for the depiction of the life of __A____ working women, particularly
A. the middle - class B. the lower - class
C. the upper - middle - class D. the upper - class

4. All of the following works are known as Hardy’ s “novels of character and environment” EXCEPT
A. The Return of the Native B. Tess of the D’ Urbervilles
C. Jude the Obscure D. Far from the Madding Crowd

5. Jane Austen’ s practical idealism is that love should be justified by __A____ and disciplined by selfcontrol.
A. reason B. sense
C. rationality D. sensibility

6. Shakespeare’ s __B____, an elaborate and fantastic story, is known as the best of his final romances.
A. The Winter’s Tale B. The Tempest
C. The Taming of the Shrew D. Love’ s Labour’ s Lost

7. “Where intelligence was fallible, limited, the Imagination was our hope of contact with eternal forces,
with the whole spiritual world.” was said by __B____.
A. William Wordsworth B. William Blake
C. Samuel Taylor Coleridge D. John Keats

8. “To be, or not to be - that is the question;/Whether’ tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,/Or to take arms against a sea of troubles ,/And by opposing end then?”
These lines are taken from __D___.
A. King Lear B. Romeo and Juliet
C. Othello D. Hamlet

9. John Milton’ s most powerful dramatic poem on the Greek model is __C____.
A. Paradise Lost B. Paradise Regained
C. Samson Agonistes D. Lycidas

10. Because of her sensitivity to universal pattens of human behavior, __B____ has brought the English novel, as an art of form, to its maturity.
A. Charlotte Bronte B. Jane Austen
C. Emily Bronte D. Henry Fielding

11. Daniel Defoe’s __B____ is universally considered as his masterpiece.
A. Colonel Jack B. Robinson Crusoe
C. Captain Singleton D. A Journal of the Plague Year

12. Poetry is defined by __A____ as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings, which originates in emotion recollected in tranquility”.
A. William Wordsworth B. William Blake
C. Percy Bysshe Shelley D. Robert Southey

13. Jonathan Swift’ s ___C___ is generally regarded as the best model of satire, not only of the period but also in the whole English literary history.
A. Gulliver’s Travels B. The Battle of the Books
C. “A Modest Proposal” D. A Tale of a Tub

14. All of the following statements about the Victorian period is true EXCEPT __D____.
A. England was the “workshop of the world”.
B. The early years was a time of rapid economic development as well as serious social problems.
C. Towards the mid -century, England had reached its highest point of development as a world power.
D.  Capitalism  came  into  its  monopoly  stage,  the  gap  between  the  rich  and  the  poor  was  further deepened.

15. George Bernard Shaw’ s ___A___ is a grotesquely realistic exposure of slum landlordism.
A. Widower’ s House B. Mrs. Warren’ s Profession
C. The Apple Cart D. Getting Married

16. Dickens’ s first child hero is __C____.
A. Little Nell B. David Copperfield
C. Oliver Twist D. Little Dorrit

17. Of all the eighteenth - century novelists ___A___ was the first to set out, both in theory and practice, to write specifically a “comic epic in prose”, the first to give the modern novel its structure and style.
A. Henry Fielding B. Daniel Defoe
C. Jonathan Swift D. Laurence Sterne

18. D. H. Lawrence’ s __C____ is a remarkable novel in which the individual consciousness is subtly
revealed and strands of themes are intricately wound up.
A. Sons and Lovers B. The Rainbow
C. Women in Love D. Lady Chatterley’ s Love

19. Dickens attacks the Utilitarian principle that rules over the English education system and destroys
young hearts and minds in ___A___.
A. Hand Times B. Great Expectations
C. Our Mutual Friend D. Bleak House

20. The belief of the eighteenth - century neoclassicists in England led them to seek the following
EXCEPT __D____.
A. proportion B. unity
C. harmony D. spirit

21. The Renaissance marks a transition from __B____ to the modern world.
A. the old English B. the medieval
C. the feudalist D. the capitalist

22. The great political and social events in the English society of neoclassical period were the following
EXCEPT __D____.
A. the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 B. the Great Plague of 1665
C. the Great London Fire in 1666 D. the Wars of Roses in 1689

23. With the scarlet letter A as the biggest symbol of all, __A____ proves himself to be one of the best symbolists.
A. Hawthorne B. Dreiser
C. James D. Faulkner

24. The author of Leaves of Grass , a giant of American letters, is __D____.
A. Faulkner B. Dreiser
C. James D. Whitman

25. In Tender is the Night, __C____ traces the decline of a young American psychiatrist whose marriage to a beautiful and wealthy patient drains his personal energies and corrodes his professional career.
A. Dreiser B. Faulkner
C. Fitzgerald D. Jack London

26. Melville is best - known as the author of his mighty book, __B______, which is one of the world’ s
greatest masterpieces.
A. Song of Myself B. Moby - Dick
C. The Marble Faun D. Mosses from an Old Manse

27. The theme of Henry James’ essay “__C____” clearly indicates that the aim of the novel is to present life, so it is not surprising to find in his writings human experiences explored in every possible form.
A. The American B. The Europeans
C. The Art of Fiction D. The Golden Bowl

28. During WWI, ___C___ served as an honorable junior officer in the American Red Cross Ambulance Corps and in 1918 was severely wounded in both legs.
A. Anderson B. Faulkner
C. Hemingway D. Dreiser

29. In order to protest against America’ s failure to join England in WWI, __B____ became a naturalized British citizen in 1915.
A. William Faulkner B. Henry James
C. Earnest Hemingway D. Ezra Pound

30. Robert Frost described __A____as “a book of people,” which shows a brilliant insight into New
England character and the background that formed it.
A. North of Boston B. A Boy’s Will
C. A Witness Tree D. A Further Range

31. We can easily find in Dreiser’ s fiction a world of jungle, and ___A___ found expression in almost
every book he wrote.
A. naturalism B. romanticism
C. transcendentalism D. cubism

32. As an active participant of his age, Fitzgerald is often acclaimed literary spokesman of the __A____.
A. Jazz Age B. Age of Reason
C. Lost Generation D. Beat Generation

33. From the first novel Sister Carrie on, Dreiser set himself to project the American values for what he had found them to be: ___D___ to the core.
A. altruistic B. political
C. religious D. materialistic

34. The 20th -century stream- of- consciousness technique was frequently and skillfully used by __C____to emphasize the reactions and inner musings of the narrator.
A. Hemingway B. Frost
C. Faulkner D. Whitman

35. With the help of his friends Phil Stone and Sherwood Anderson, __A____ published a volume of
poetry The Marble Faun and his first novel Soldiers’ Pay.
A. Faulkner B. Hemingway
C. Ezra Pound D. Fitzgerald

36. The Sun Also Rises casts light on a whole generation after WWI and the effects of the war by way of a vivid portrait of “__B____.”
A. the Beat Generation B. the Lost Generation
C. the Babybooming Age D. the Jazz Age

37.  Within  her  little  lyrics  Dickinson  addresses  those  issues  that  concern  __A____,  which  include religion, death, immorality, love and nature.
A. the whole human beings B. the frontiers
C. the African Americans D. her relatives

38.  H.  L.  Mencken,  a  famous American  critic,  considered  __C____  “the  true  father  of  our  national literature. ”
A. Hamlin Garland B. Joseph Kirkland
C. Mark Twain D. Henry James

39. In his poetry, Whitman shows concern for ___C___ and the burgeoning life of cities.
A. the colonists B. the capitalists
C. the whole hard -working people D. the intellectuals

40. In 1837, ___D___ published Twice - Told Tales, a collection of short stories which attracted critical
A. Emerson B. Melville
C. Whitman D. Hawthorne

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