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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 answers on the answer sheet.

1. “For a week after the commission of the impious and profane offence of asking for more, Oliver remained a close prisoner in the dark and solitary room ...”(Dickens, Oliver Twist)  What did Oliver ask for?__B____.
[A]More time to play. More food to eat.
[C]More book to read. [D]More money to spend.

2. Mrs. Warren’s Profession is one of George Bernard Shaw’s plays. What is Mrs. Warren’s profession then ?___B___.
[A]Real estate. [b]Prostitution.
[C]House-keeping. [D]Farming.

3. Dr. Faustus is a play based on the German legend of a magician aspiring for __D____    
and finally meeting his tragic end as a result of selling his soul to the Devil.
[A]immortality [b]political
[C]money [D]knowledge

4. The statement “A demanding mother turns away from her husband and gives all her affection to her sons” sums up the main plot of D. H. Lawrence′s __C____.   .
[A]Lady Chatterley’s Lover [b]Women in love
[C]Sons and Lovers [D]The Plumed Serpent

5.“Come to me-come to me entirely now,” said he ; and added, in his deepest tone, speaking in my ear as his cheek was laid on mine, “Make my happiness-I will make yours.”
The above passage presents a scene in__B____.     .
[A]Emily Bronte’s Withering Heights
[b]Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
[C]John Galsworthy′s The Forsyte Saga
[D]Thomas Hardy′s Tess of the D′Urbervilles

6.Which of the following is NOT written by William Butler Yeats?__D____.
[A] “Sailing to Byzantium.” [b]“The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”
[C] “Leda and the Swan.” [D] “The Waste Land.”

7. “Drive my dead thought over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth.”
(Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind”)
What rhetorical device does the poet use in the quoted lines?___C___.
[A]Synecdoche. [b]Metaphor.
[C]Simile. [D]Onomatopoeia.

8.Crusoe is the hero in The life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Grusoe, of York, Mariner (also known as Robinson Crusoe)by __B____.      .
[A]Jonathan Swift [b]Daniel Defoe
[C]George Eliot [D]D.H.Lawrence

9. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” is an epigrammatic line by ___A___.   .
[A]John Keats [b]William Blake
[C]William Wordsworth [D]Percy Bysshe Shelley

10.Christoper Marlow’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” is a (n)  ___A___.
[A]pastoral lyric [b]elegy [C]eulogy [D]epic

11.Which of the following is NOT regarded as one of the characteristics of Renaissance humanism?___D___.
[A]Cultivation of the art of this world and this life.
[b]Tolerance of human foibles.
[C]Search for the genuine flavor of ancient culture.
[D]Glorification of religious faith.

12. “In dream vision Arthur witnessed the loveliness of Gloriana, and upon awaking resolves to seek her.” The two literary figures Arthur and Gloriana are form__A____.       .
[A]Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene
[b]William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
[C]Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His love”
[D]John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

13.Which of the following best describes the nature of Thomas Hardy’s later works?__B____.
[A]Sentimentalism. [b]Tragic sense.
[C]Surrealism. [D]Comic sense.

14. “...This grew: I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped altogether....”
(Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”)
The above lines imply that __A____.      .
[A]the Duchess was killed by her husband
[b]the Duchess stopped smiling at her husband’s order
[C]the Duchess died of laughing too much
[D]the Duchess did not want to smile as much as her husband requested

15.In which of the following works can you find the proper names “Lilliput,” “Brobdingnag,” “Houyhnhnm,” and “Yahoo”? __C____.
[A]James Joyce’s Ulsses.
[b]Charles Dickens’s Bleak House.
[C]Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
[D]D. H. Lawrence’s Women in love.

16.As a literary figure, Belinda appears in Alexander Pope’s ___D___.    .
[A] “The Dunciad”         [b]“An Essay on Man”
[C] “An Essay on Criticism” [D] “The Rape of the lock”

17. “The novel is structured around the discovery of the hero’s origin.” This novel is most probably    ___D___.
[A]Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield
[b]James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
[C]Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Growd
[D]Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

18. “To wage by force or guile eternal war,
Irreconcilable to our grand Foe.”(John Milton, Paradise lost)
By what means were Satan and his followers to wage this war against God?__D____.
[A]By planting a tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden.
[b]By turning into poisonous snakes to threaten man’s life.
[C]By removing God from His throne.
[D]By corrupting man and woman created by God.

19. “When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table.”
(T. s. Eliot, “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock”)
What does the image in the quoted lines suggest?___C___.
[A]Violence. [b]Horror. [C]Inactivity. [D]Indifference.

20.Which of the following is NOT typical of metaphysical poetry best represented by John Donne’s works?__D____.
[A]Common speech. [b]Conceit.
[C]Argument. [D]Refined language.

21.William Wordsworth, a romantic poet, advocated all of the following except __C____.  .
[A]normal contemporary speech patterns
[b]humble and rustic life as subject matter
[C]elegant wording and inflated figures of speech
[D]intensely subjective feeling toward individual experience

22.In Samuel Taylor Coleridge′s “Kubla Khan,” “A sunny pleasure dome with caves of ice” __D____.   .
[A]refers to the palace where Kubla Khan once lived
[b]vividly describes a building of poor quality
[C]is the gift given to a  beautiful girl called Abyssinian
[D]symbolizes the reconciliation of the conscious and the unconscious

23.The hightide of Romanticism in American literature occurred around___B___.     .
[A]1820 [b]1850 [C]1880 [D]1920

24.The subject matter of Robert Frost’s Poems focuses on___A___.       .
[A] ordinary country people and scenes
[b]battle scenes of ancient Greek and Roman legends
[C]struggling masses and crowded urban quarters
[D]fantasies and mythical happenings

25.Which group of writers are among those who may be called early pioneers of American literature?__B____.
[A]Mark Twain and Henry James.
[b]Fenimore Cooper and Washington lrving.
[C]Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner
[D]Jack London and O’Henry.

26.To Theodore Dreiser, life is “so sad, so strange, so mysterious and so inexplicable.” No wonder the characters in his books are often subject to the control of the natural forces, especially those of ___D___.    and heredity.
[A]fate                             [b]morality
[C]social conventions         [D]environment

27.Hawthorne generally concerns himself with such issues as___A___in his fiction.
[A]the evil in man’s heart [b]the material pursuit
[C]the racial conflict [D]the social inequality

28.__C____ provides the main source of influence on American naturalism.
[A]The puritan heritage
[b]Howells’ ideas of realism
[C]Darwin’s theory of evolution
[D]The pioneer spirit of the wild west

29.In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of huckleberry Finn, Huck writes a letter to inform against Jim, the escaped slave, and then he tears the letter up. This fact reveals that___B___.
[A]Huck has a mixed feeling of love and hate
[b]there is a conflict between society and conscience in Huck
[C]Huck is always an indecisive person
[D]Huck has very little education

30.Which terms can best describe the modernists’ concern of the human situation in their fiction?__A____.
[A]Fragmentation and alienation.
[b]Courage and honor.
[C]Tradition and faith.
[D]Poverty and desperation.

31.Whitman’s  poems are characterized by all the following features except ___A___.
[A]a strict poetic form
[b]a simple and conversational language
[C]a free and natural rhythmic pattern
[D]an easy flow of feelings

32.All his novels reveal that, as time went on, Mark Twain became increasingly___D___.
[A]prolific              [b]artistic.
[C]optimistic          [D]pessimistic

33.The poem “I like to see it lap the Miles-” is an interesting poem written by Emily Dickinson. What does “it” in the poem stand for?__D____.
[A]The hound. [b]The star.
[C]The horse. [D]The train.

34.Which of the following is NOT a typical feature of Henry James’s writing style?__D____.
[A] exquisite and elaborate language
[b]minute and detailed descriptions
[C]lengthy psychological analyses
[D]American colloquialism

35.In the beginning paragraph of Chapter 3, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald describes a big party by saying that “men and girls came and went like moths.” The author most likely indicates that___B___.
[A]there was a crowd of party-goers
[b]such life does not have real meaning
[C]these people were light-hearted
[D]these were crazy and ignorant characters

36.In Hemingway’s “Indian Camp,” Nick, the main character, witnesses__D____.  
[A]a tragic killing of the Indians by the white men
[b]real friendship between the white men and the Indians
[C]a senseless killing of each other
[D]terrible scenes of birth and death

37.Which one of the following statements is NOT true of William Faulkner?__C____.
[A]He is master of stream-of-consciousness narrative.
[b]His writing is often complex and difficult to understand.
[C]He often depicts slum life in New York and Chicago.
[D]He represents a new group of Southern writers.

38.American “Transcendentalists most typically believe that___A___.
[A]man is divine in name [b]art is superior to life
[C]man can transform nature [D]poetry is the highest form of art

39.By the end of Sister Carrie, Dreiser writes, “It was forever to the pursuit of that radiance of delight which tints the distant hilltops of the world.” Dreiser implies that __B____.
[A]there is a bright future lying ahead
[b]there is no end to man’s desire
[C]one should always be forward-looking
[D]happiness is found in the end

40.We can perhaps describe Emily Grierson in Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” in all the following ways except that___B___.
[A]she is psychologically deformed
[b]she is wicked and morally corrupted
[C]she is a symbol of the Old South
[D]she is a prisoner and victim of the past
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