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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2011) 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.“Shah 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. Who’s the poet of the quoted stanza, and what’s the title of the poem?
Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

B. What figure of speech is 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 forever.

42. “When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’ d heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee ?”

Questions:
A. Who’s the poet of the quoted stanza, and what’s the title of the poem?
William Blake , The Tyger

B. Whom does the “he” refer to?
The God

C. What does the “Lamb” symbolize?
Lamb symbolizes peace and purity.

43. “My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’ d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty- seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death”
Questions:

A. Who’s the poet of the quoted stanza, and what’s the title of the poem?
Walt Whitman, " song of Myself"

B. What do “soil” and “air” represent in the first line?
His native land, America or his country.

C. What does the poet try to say in the above quoted lines?
I was born and nurtured by this land and shall from now on devote my whole life to the country.

44. “ ‘Is dying hard, Daddy?’
‘No, I think it’s pretty easy, Nick. It all depends. ’”

Questions:
A. Who’s the author of the quoted part, and what’s the title of the work?
Ernest Hemingway, Indian Camp.

B. What was Nick preoccupied with when he asked the question?
Life and death.

C. Why did the father add “It all depends” after he answered his son’s question?
when the father says that dying is pretty easy, he might be thinking about the self-murdered husband.But when he reflects on the wife's miracle survival of the violent pain in the whole process of birth,he adds the final sentence.Dying is both hard and easy, it all depends on individuals.

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