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浙江省2009年7月自学考试美国文学选读试题


课程代码:10055
Part Ⅰ. Choose the relevant match from Column B for each item in Column A. (10 points in all, 1 point for each)
Group 1
Column A  Column B
(    )1. Washington Irving  A. The Scarlet Letter
(    )2. Nathaniel Hawthorne  B. An American Tragedy
(    )3. Theodore Dreiser  C. As I Lay Dying
(    )4. Ezra Pound  D. In a Station of the Metro
(    )5. William Faulkner  E. The Sketch Book
Group 2
Column A  Column B
(    )6. Nick Carraway  A. Indian Camp
(    )7. Hurstwood  B. Moby Dick
(    )8. Miss Waston  C. Sister Carrie
(    )9. Ahab  D. The Great Gatsby
(    )10. Nick Adams  E. Adventures of huckleberry Finn
Part Ⅱ. Select from the four choices A, B, C and D of each item the one that best answers the question or completes the statement. (50 points in all, 2 points for each)
11. Henry David Thoreau’s work, ____, has always been regarded as a masterpiece of the New
England Transcendental Movement.(      )
A. Walden B. Nature
C. The Pioneers D. Song of Myself
12. Moby Dick, the big white whale, is possibly read as symbolic of all the following EXCEPT____.(      )
A. malignancy  B. God
C. adultery  D. beauty

13. The Romantic Period in the history of American literature started with the publication of Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book and ended with Whitman’s ____.(      )
A. Drum Taps  B. Leaves of Grass
C. Rip Van Winkle  D. Walden
14. ____is worth the honor of being “the American Goldsmith” for his literary craftsmanship.(      )
A. Walt Whitman  B. Washington Irving
C. Herman Melville D. Ralph Waldo Emerson
15. “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind”is a famous quote from ___’s writings.(      )
A. Henry David Thoreau  B. Mark Twain
C. Henry James  D. Ralph Waldo Emerson
16. In the history of American literature ____is unanimously agreed to be the summit of the Romantic period. (      )
A. New England Transcendentalism  B. the Harlem Renaissance
C. England Unitarianism  D. New Transcendentalism
17. The Civil War affected both the social and the value system of the country. After the Civil War America transformed from ____to ____.(      )
A. an agrarian community…a society of freedom and equality
B. an agrarian community…a highly developed society
C. a poor and backward society…an agrarian community
D. an agrarian community…an industrialized and commercialized society
18. The period ranging from 1865 to 1914 has been referred to as the Age of ____in the history of the United States.(      )
A. Symbolism  B. Imagism
C. Realism  D. Modernism
19. Mark Twain preferred to have his own class and people at the forefront of his stories. This particular concern about the local character of a region came about as “____”, a unique variation of American literary realism.(      )
A. national colorism  B. American colorism
C. International colorism   D. local colorism

20. ____is a great literary giant in America, whom H. L. Mencken considered “the true father of our national literature.”(      )
A. Mark Twain  B. Jack London
C. Henry James   D. Emily Dickinson
21. Hemingway once regarded the novel ____as the one book from which “all modern American literature comes.”(      )
A. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer   B. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
C. Life on the Mississippi   D. The Mysterious Stranger
22. The first American writer to conceive his career in international terms was ____.(      )
A. Henry James B. Ezra Pound
C. Ernest Hemingway  D. William Faulkner
23. About Henry James, which of the following statements is right? (      )
A. His language is often refined and insightful and easy to understand.
B. Daisy Miller is generally regarded as his masterpiece.
C. He was considered to be the forerunner of the 20th century “stream-of-consciousness” novels.
D. He was the founder of expressional realism.
24. To William Faulkner, the primary duty of a writer was to explore and represent the infinite possibilities inherent in ____.(      )
A. the outside world B. the natural circle
C. human life  D. the author’s mind
25. ____is now recognized not only as a great poetess on her own right but as a poetess of considerable influence upon American poetry of the 20th century.(      )
A. George Eliot  B. Jane Austen
C. Walt Whitman  D. Emily Dickinson
26. Walt Whitman writes his poetry in an unconventional style which is now called free verse, that is____.(      )
A. poetry in an irregular metric form and expressing noble feeling
B. poetry without rhymes at the end of the lines but with a fixed beat
C. poetry without a fixed beat or regular scheme
D. lyrical poetry with changing refrains

27. The most recognizable literary movement that gave rise to the 20th century American literature, or we may say, the second American Renaissance, is the ____movement.(      )
A. Imagist   B. Expatriate 
C. Symbolism  D. Expressionism
28. In the first part of the 20th century, apart from Darwinism, there were two thinkers—____, whose ideas had the greatest impact on the period. (      )
A. the American Sigmund Freud and the German Karl Marx
B. the Austrian Sigmund Freud and the German Karl Marx
C. the American Sigmund Freud and the Swiss Karl Marx
D. the Swiss Sigmund Freud and the Australian Karl Marx
29. As to the descriptions of the American Modern novelists, which of the following is NOT right? (      )
A. Hemingway dramatizes in his novels the sense of loss and despair among the post-war generation.
B. Faulkner creates his own mythical kingdom that mirrors the decline of the Southern society
C. Lewis is a sociological writer and his The Great Gatsby presents a documentary picture of the narrow and limited middle-class mind.
D. John Steinbeck is a representative of the 1930s, when “novels of social protest” became dominant on the American literary scene.
30. Winterbourne is used as a ____in Henry James’s Daisy Miller.(      )
A. protagonist  B. narrator of the events
C. character of central consciousness D. persona
31. Hemingway once said, “I always write on the principle of the ____. There is seven eighths of it under water for every part that shoes.” Hemingway was extremely grudging in his description.(      )
A. iceberg  B. grace under pressure
C. stream-of-consciousness  D. art-for-art’s-sake
32. ____has become an allegory or a parable of the Old South in William Faulkner’s novel.(      )
A. Plymouth  B. Mississippi 
C. Oxford  D. Yoknapatawpha
33. Which of the following is not written by Ernest Hemingway, one of the best-known American authors of the 20th century?(      )
A. The Old Man and the Sea B. The Sun Also Rises
C. The Green Hills of Africa D. Mosses from the Old Manse
34. Fitzgerald’s fictional world is the best embodiment of the spirit of the ____, in which he shows a particular interest in the upper-class society, especially the upper-class young people.(      )
A. Modern Age  B. Jazz Age 
C. Lost Age  D. Beat Age
35. Which of the following is NOT right about American fiction from 1945 onwards?(      )
A. Black fiction began to attract critical attention after the 1950s.
B. A group of new writers who survived the war wrote about their ideals within the artistic field.
C. African-Americans started to question their identity as a group and as an individual.
D. American fiction in the 1960s and 1970s proves to be different from its predecessors in that the writers started to depart from the conventions of the novel writing and experimented with new forms.
Part Ⅲ. Interpretation
Read the quoted parts carefully and answer the questions in English. Write your answers in the corresponding space. (20 points in all, 5 points for each)
36. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
Questions:
A. Identify the poem and the poet.
B. Briefly interpret “I” in the poem.
37. “We passed the school, where Children strove
At Recess — in the Ring—
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain—
We passed the Setting Sun—
Questions:
A. Identify the poem and the poet.
B. In the poem the poet used many images. For example, the school, the Fields of Gazing Grain and the Setting Sun are three typical images. What does the poet actually mean by the use of these three images?
38. “For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. The
body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts
love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him. What was left of him, rotted
beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and
upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of the patient and biding dust.
Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.”
Questions:
A. Which essay is this passage taken from? Who is the author?
B. What does the “iron-gray” mean in the last line of the passage?
39. “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.”
Questions:
A. Identify the poem and the poet.
B. What does the stanza above tell us about the effects of making choices?
Part Ⅳ. Topic Discussion
Give brief answers to the following questions. Write your answers in the corresponding space. (20 points in all, 10 points for each)
40. Give a brief analysis of the significance of Huckleberry Finn as the American Boy.
41. Explain the meaning of “belonging” in The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill.


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