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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2002) Ⅱ

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

41.“Her eyes met his and he looked away.He neither believed nor disbelieved her,but he knew that he had made a mistake in asking;he never had known,never would know,what she was thinking.The sight of her inscrutable face,the thought of all the hundreds of evenings he had seen her sitting there like that,soft and passive,but so unreadable, unknown, enraged  him beyond measure.”

A. Identify the writer and the work.
John Galasworthy; The Man of Property.

B. What does the phrase “inscrutable face” mean?
A face does not show any emotion or reaction so that it is impossible to know how that person is feeling or what he is thinking about.

C. What idea does the quoted passage express?
It presents the inner mind of Soames in face of his wife's coldness.He can never know what is on his wife's mind because the makeup of his and her mentality is different. His wife Irene, whose mind is romantically inclined, is disgusted with her husband's possessiveness. Being unable to read his wife's mind is as good as saying that he really can't regard her as his property- this is the very reason why he is enraged beyond measure.

42.“And when I am formulated,sprawling on a pin,
   When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall.
   Then how should begin
   To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways.”
A. Identify the poem and the poet.
“The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock ”, T.S.Eliot;

B. What does the phrase “butt-ends” mean?
The ends of cigarettes,meaning trivial things here.

C. What idea does the quoted passage express?
Here, Prufrock's inability to do anything against the society he is made strikingly clear by using a sharp comparison. Prufrock  imagines himself as a kind of insect pinned on the wall and struggling in vain to get free.This image vividly shows Prufrock's current predicament.

43.“God knows,…I'm not myself—I'm somebody else—…and I'm changed,and I can't tell what's my name,or who I am.”

A. Identify the work and the author.
“Rip Van Winkle”, Washington Irving.

B. The speaker says he is changed.Do you think he is changed, or the social environment has changed?
The social environment is changed.

C. What idea does the quoted sentence express?
When Rip is back home after a period of 20 years,he finds that everything has changed.All those old values are gone,and he can hardly feel at home in a changed society.One of the functions that Rip serves in the story is to provide a measuring stick for change. It is through him that Irving drives home the theme that a desire for change,improvement,and progress could subvert stable society.

44.“I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.”

A. Identify the poem and the poet.
“The Road Not Taken”, Robert Frost.

B. What does the phrase “ages and ages hence” mean?
Many many years later.

C. What idea does the quoted passage express?
The speaker is telling his experience of making the choice of the roads.But he is conscious of the fact that his choice will have made all the difference in his life.He seems to be giving a suggestion to the reader.“Make good choice of your life.”

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