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CN English-American literature test paper (April, 2007) 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.“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
they flash upon that inward eye”

Questions:
A.Identify the author and the title.
Wordsworth; I wondered lonely as a cloud

B.What does the phrase “inward eye” mean?
Human soul.

C.Write out the main idea of the passage in plain English.
The poet expressed his love for the daffodils.

42.“The duties of her married life, contemplated as so great beforehand, seemed to be shrinking with the furniture and the white vapour—walled landscape. The clear heights where she expected to walk in full communion had become difficult to see even in her imagination; the delicious repose of the soul on a complete superior had been shaken into uneasy effort and alarmed with dim presentiment. When would the days begin of that active wifely devotion which was to strengthen her husband’s life and exalt her own?”

Questions:
A.Identify the author and the title of the story from which the passage is taken.
George Eliot; Middlemarch

B.Explain the meaning of “the white vapour—walled landscape”
The landscape covered with white snow.

C.How do you understand “the delicious repose of the soul on a complete superior”?
It refers to Dorothea's dream of fulfilling something great by marrying somebody superior, somebody who can guide her.

43.“It was you that broke the new wood,
Now is a time for carving.
We have one sap and one root—
Let there be commerce between us.”

Questions:
A.Whom does the “us” refer to?
Whitman and Pound (the Imagists)

B.What does the phrase “broke the new wood ” mean here?
Made experiments with the conventions of the traditional poetry.

C.What is the intention of the poet in writing the poem “A Pact” from which these lines are taken?
In this poem, Pound started to find some agreement between "Whitmanesque" free verse, which he had attacked for its carelessness in composition, and the " verse libre" of the Imagists who showed more concern for formal values.

44.“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor—boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week—ends his Rolls—Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains. And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing—brushes and hammers and garden—shears, repairing the ravages of the night before.”

Questions:
A.Identify the author and the title of the novel from which this passage is taken.
F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Great Gatsby.

B.What can you imply by reading this passage?
This passage describes Gatsby' s extravagance.

C.What do the “moths ” symbolize?
Moths are used metaphorically to refer to those people who are drawn to the party simply for its glamour, for the wealth of Gatsby.

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