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Quiz 3 (American Realism)

2016-08-09   来源:安徽三联学院   点击:2704次

Quiz 3 American Realism

І. Multiple Choices

1. Henry James’s most important works include the following EXCEPT ____________.

  A) The American                                          

  B) The Portrait of a Lady

  C) The Wings of the Dove         

  D) An American Tragedy

 

2. Mark Twain’s __________ is a historical romance.

A) The Prince and the Pauper

  B) On the Mississippi

  C) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  D) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

3. Theodore Dreiser is one of America’s greatest________ writers.

A) romantic

  B) historic

  C) naturalist

  D) realistic

 

4. Theodore Dreiser’s works include the followings EXCEPT____________.

A) An American Tragedy

  B) Trilogy of Desire

  C) Sister Carrie

  D) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

5. The Call of the Wild, Love of Life and Martin Eden are important works of ___________.

A) Herman Melville

  B) Jack London

  C) Henry James

  D) Edwin Arlington Robinson

 

6. Of the following novels, ____________ is Mark Twain’s first novel.

A) The Gilded Age

  B) Life on Mississippi

  C) Innocents Abroad

  D) Roughing It

  E) The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

 

7. Henry James mainly described the upper classes of the American society. He was famous for________________.

A) Romanticism

  B) Psychological Realism

  C) Sentimentalism

  D) Classism

 

8. ___________ has always been regarded as one of the greatest books of western literature and just as Ernest Hemingway noted that “all modern American literature comes”.

A) The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

B) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

C) The Gilded Age

  D) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 

 

9. Edwin Arlington Robinson’s works include the following EXCEPT ____________.

A) The Man Against the Sky

B) Richard Cory

  C) The American

  D) Miniver Cheevy

 

10. Henry James is considered as the founder of _________________.

  A) Psychological Realism

  B) Romanticism

  C) Sentimentalism                   

  D) Modernism

 

11. The author of The Cop and the Anthem is ___________________.

A) Henry James

  B) O. Henry

  C) Jack London

  D) Robinson

 

12. __________ is the first successful black poet in the America history.

A) Paul Laurence Dunbar

  B) Edwin Arlington Robinson

  C) Theodore Dreiser

  D) Mark Twain

 

 

13._________ is best known for his fiction involving hard-working Mid-western farmers.

A) Jack London

  B) Theodore Dreiser

  C) Hamlin Garland

  D) Henry James

 

14. Which of the following is NOT written by Kate Chopin?

A) Bayou Folk

  B) A Night in Acadie

  C) The Awakening

  D) Martin Eden

 

15. The success of Uncle Tom’s Cabin did a great contribution to the anti-slavery movement and brought its author, ___________, an immediate popularity.

A) Harriet Beecher Stowe

B) Whittier

  C) Bryant

  D) Washington Irving

 

16. Who wrote The American?

A) Herman Melville

  B) Nathaniel Hawthorne

  C) Henry James

  D) Theodore Dreiser

 

17. William Sidney Porter, known as O. Henry, is most famous for____________.

A) his poems

B) his plays

  C) his short stories

  D) his novels

 

18. Which book is NOT written by Mark Twain?

A) The Innocents Abroad

B) Roughing It

  C) The Prince and the Pauper

  D) The Gift of Magi

 

19. Which of the following does NOT belong to Trilogy of Desire?

A) The Titan

B) The Stoic

  C) The Financier

  D) The Genius

 

П. What are the themes of Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer Sheet

І. Multiple Choices:

1-5:____________________         6-10:_____________________

11-15:__________________         16-19:_____________________

П. What are the themes of Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

І. Multiple Choices:

1-5: D A C D B         6-10: E B B C A

11-15: B AC D A        16-19:C C D D

 

П. What are the themes of Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County?

Theme 1: Culture Clash
    The story reflects various aspects of late nineteenth-century American society and culture through the retelling of a tall tale. Central to the story is the idea of conflicting cultures, particularly the clash between the settled, eastern portion of the United States and the still-developing West. At the time Twain wrote the story, the East and its inhabitants had a reputation for being civilized, cultured, and advanced.
    The West, on the other hand, was still being settled and was considered to be populated by a less-educated and less-refined group of people. By extension, Westerners were thought by Easterners to be naive and easily duped(易骗).
Theme 2: Deception
    Deception is an integral part of the story and occurs on many levels.
    In the opening paragraph Mark Twain, the narrator, voices his suspicion that he has been duped by a friend who arranged this “chance” encounter with Simon Wheeler. His friend asked him to inquire about a childhood friend named Leonidas Smiley, knowing full well that Twain would instead be subjected to fabulous stories about the famous betting man of Angel’s Camp — Jim Smiley. His friend additionally knew that Twain would be bored and frustrated by the entire experience.
    Wheeler likewise dupes Twain. He tells him the fantastic and improbable story of Jim — rather than Leonidas — Smiley with a grave demeanor that masks the genuine humor of his tale.
By using this mask, Wheeler initially fools the snobby Easterner and convinces him that he will be told a serious story.
    Another instance of deception involves Jim Smiley’s bet with the Stranger, who wagers (打赌) that Dan’l Webster is not the best jumper in Calaveras County. Not only does the Stranger deceive Jim Smiley by pretending to be gullible, he cheats by stuffing Dan’l Webster with gunshot to weigh him down.
Theme 3: American Society
    The story provided relevant and incisive(深刻的)commentary about ninteenth-century American society. While portraying Easterners as educated and refined and Westerners as uneducated and gullible on the surface, Twain upset these stereotypes on a deeper level. He depicted the Easterner (Mark Twain) as a snob and someone who could easily be duped, while portraying the Westerner (Simon Wheeler) as somewhat of a schemer(谋划者) who, despite his lack of formal training, tells highly original tales. The names of Jim Smiley’s pets also had relevance for Twain’s American audience. Daniel Webster was the name of a famous American statesman known for his speaking abilities. Andrew Jackson, a former president of the United States and war hero known for his determination and strong will, was a strong believer in democracy and the rights of the “common” people. In these and other descriptions found in the story, Twain provided a more complicated and multifaceted view of Americans.
    “Jumping Frog” asserted that Americans could simultaneously be resourceful, innovative, practical, and determined, as well as shortsighted, narrow-minded, and gullible.