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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2005) Ⅱ

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Ⅱ. Reading Comprehension (16 points, 4 for each)

41.“Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
    Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found”

A. Identify the poem and the poet.
Alexander Pope; An Essay on Criticism.

B. What idea do the two lines express?
On fruit trees, where leaves are plentiful, fruit will be few. Similarly, in a piece of writing, where too many fine words are used, good sense will be much reduced.

42.“To be so distinguished, is an honor, which, being very little accustomed to favors from the great, I know not well how to receive, or in what terms to acknowledge.”

A. Identify the work and the author.
Samuel Johnson:" To the Right Honorable the Earl of Chesterfield", or "Letter to Lord Chesterfield."

B. What is the tone of author?
Sarcastic and ironic.

43.“‘Faith! Faith!’cried the husband. ‘Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One.’”

A. Identify the work and the author.
Nathaniel Hawthorne;, " Young Goodman Brown".

B. What idea does the quoted sentence express?
Goodman Brown here is obviously addressing the image of his wife, urging her to resist the devil. At the same time he is exhorting himself to have faith, to look heavenward, to withstand the infernal eloquence of the Wicked One.

44.“We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess—in the Ring—
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain—
We passed the Setting Sun—”

A. Identify the poem and the poet.
Emily Dickinson;  (712)or "Because I could not stop for Death".

B. What do“the School,” “the Fields” and “the Setting Sun” stand for respectively?
The three stages of life: childhood, adulthood and old age.

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