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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION . . - · SECTION I Time-l hour Directions: This section consists of selections from literary works and questions on their content, form, and style.After reading each passage or poem, choose the best answer to each question and then fill in the corresponding circle on the answer sheetNote: Pay particular attention to the requirements of questions that contain the words NOT, LEAST, or EXCEPT. , . . Questions 1-10. Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers. Prologue to a Supposed Play My worthy hearers, - h a ve you come tonight To feast on comedy that's brisk and light, And gladly spend an idle hour or two Line In viewing pictures that are just like you? 5 · If this is what you want, just let me say You couldn't tum your heads a better way; " And for each cent you gave to enter here You should take back a modicum of cheer, And weigh yourselves so well that you will be 10 Arrayed against your insufficiency. But this is preaching? Well, the comic stage Has preached through ridicule to every age. Man scorns his shallow deed and sordid pelf* When he's employed in laughing at himself. 15 · So let us preach in every way that can Lift man up to the dignity of man. Now, don’t be too exact, but let good sense Decide the point of hon _ e st eminence; And bear in mind that what is trite and true , 20 If well managed, is worthy through and through. But to the play. It comes in five long acts,

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